Roman Oil Lamp with Cupid and Hercules' Club

GBP 495.00

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Object Description

A small Roman terracotta oil lamp featuring a large, rounded body with a rounded nozzle. A lug handle is placed at the rear of the lamp. The discus is decorated with Cupid, in deep relief, carrying the club of Herakles in his left hand, and his arrow in his right; the symbolism between these two items implies that love can subdue even the strongest hero. Concentric circles frame the discus. A maker’s mark has been stamped on the reverse. This type of lamp is known as Loeschcke VIII (Bussiére form D II 1), of which had many variants.

Date: Circa 80-180 AD

Object History

Private Israel collection, SM. Israeli export license for the collection.

Object Literature

The J. Paul Getty Museum, item 83.AQ.377.105

Object Condition

Excellent. Details clear and defined.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:7 x H:10 centimeters

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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
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