Early Byzantine Terracotta Slipper Oil Lamp with Fish Decoration

GBP 92.00

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Object Description

A finely modelled Late Roman – Early Byzantine terracotta ‘slipper’ type oil lamp, featuring an oval body which is pointed towards the nozzle and sits on a ridged foot. The shoulders are decorated with a raised geometric design of cross hatching, forming diamond-shaped hatches around the central filling hole. Two ridges line the channel down the nozzle, between which a stylised fish is depicted with a flaring tail and a single raised dot for an eye. The underside is unadorned. The lamp sits on a flat base.

Date: Circa 5th – 8th century AD

Object History

Ex. J. R. Mothersole Collection, UK, acquired 1940s-1990s

Object Condition

Very good condition. Some wear consistent with age and earthy encrustations throughout.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:6.2 x H:3.5 x D:9.3 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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