Circular Ancient Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp


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Object Description

A fine Loeschcke type VIII Ancient Roman oil lamp featuring a round flat body with a sunken discus and wide rounded shoulders. The lamp is further characterised by a short and rounded nozzle, a feature developed around the second half of the 1st century AD and seen mainly in Mediterranean countries. A pattern of rounded tongues radiates outwards from the edge of the discus, ending into a circle and dot design at each side of the nozzle. Two dolphins separated by a rosette further enrich the shoulders. The discus displays a simple geometrical decoration comprising two concentric circles around the small filling-hole and to the outer edge. The flat base is marked by an imitation base-ring with a potter’s mark, reading H and N.

Date: 1st – 3rd century AD

Object History

Provenance: Ex major S.M., London, Collection 1970-2010.

Object Condition

Fine condition.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:8.3 x centimeters
  • diameter
    7.5 centimeters

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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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