Ancient Roman Oil Lamp with Chariot

GBP 695.00

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Object Description

A Roman terracotta oil lamp with a decorated concave discus and heart-shaped nozzle. The central scene depicts a charioteer riding a chariot, drawn by two horses, known as a ‘biga’. The horses, facing right, gallop ahead, whilst the charioteer’s right arm is drawn back, whipping the horses on. The design is enclosed by a concentric circle and has a looped handle complete with a circular groove. The lamp has a rounded heart-shaped nozzle and two filling holes can be found on either side of the galloping horses.

This lamp can be categorised as Loeschcke VIII, Bussière form D X 5 form, defined by the vine leaf and grape pattern to the shoulders.

Date: Circa 2nd century AD

Object History

From a specialist collection of Roman oil lamps formed by Robertson Brockie (deceased), all acquired before 2008 from a central London ADA gallery; Southport Lancashire.

Object Condition

Fine condition. Some loss of glaze to the nozzle and left shoulder. Some areas of encrustation.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:8.5 x x D:11.3 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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