An original Ancient Roman oil lamp moulded in light coloured terracotta and featuring a short round nozzle decorated with volutes, a single pierced, applied handle and one filling hole to the discus. The rim is flattened and includes concentric circles, framing the moulded depiction of a sea monster on the discus. The monster is portrayed as hybrid creature between a hound and a dolphin with a fan-like tail. It is represented above sea waves and can be identified as the mythological Cetus, a creature slayed by the Greek hero Perseus. The lamp can be classified as Loeschcke V; Bailey C group IV and has been marked by the maker to the underside with incised letters, reading C ABI NIA (Gabinia).
Date: Circa 1st – 3rd century AD