Roman Lamp with Lion and Stag

GBP 650.00

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Object Description

A Roman terracotta oil lamp with a volute nozzle and large, central discus. On the discus is depicted a lion attacking a stag, surrounded by concentric circles, and sitting on a slightly raised base.

Across the Roman Empire, a lamp was originally called a ‘lychnus‘, from the Greek ‘λυχνος’, with the oldest Roman lamps dating back to the third century BC. During the Roman Empire, the variation in decoration increased. Common decorative themes depicted on the discus included entertainment scenes (such as gladiators in combat), common myths and deities, and even animals. Pottery oil lamps could be made in three different ways: handmade, wheel made, or by mould. The use of the mould (which was made from clay or plaster) quickly became popular, because one mould could produce several lamps.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd Century AD

Object Condition

Good condition. Some wear in the terracotta and som blackening around the spout.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:7.5 x H:2.5 x D:10.5 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