Roman Terracotta Lamp with Deer

GBP 250.00

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Object Description

A finely modelled Ancient Roman terracotta oil lamp, featuring a short canal nozzle with firing hole, a decorated concave discus with one filling hole to the centre. An incised decoration of stylised flowers enrich the lamp’s shoulders, while the discus displays the depiction of a seated deer. The deer’s facial and anatomical features are rendered with a series of incised lines.

In classical mythology, the deer or stag was associated with the ancient Greek goddess Artemis (or her Roman counterpart, Diana), in her role as the virginal huntress. One popular myth tells the story of the hero Actaeon, who, after witnessing the goddess bathing, was turned into a stag. He was chased by his own hunting hounds and perished. Such a lamp could have been given as an offering to Artemis, or belonged to a young hunter, thereby evoking the goddess’s protection and guidance.

Object History

Ex major London collection collected by S.M. 1970-2010

Object Condition

Fine, stress crack repaired to the body. SIgns of aging to the surface.

Object Details

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