An Ancient Roman red terracotta oil lamp, featuring a volute canal nozzle and a concave discus with one filling hole. The discus is finely decorated with the moulded high-relief depiction of a peacock standing with bent legs on a pomegranates branch. Peacocks were a popular decorative motif in Ancient Roman repertoire, usually found on mosaics and wall frescos. Peacocks were believed symbol of eternity and renewal and they were also kept as domestic animals by the wealthy Romans.
Period: Circa 1st-3rd Century AD