Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp with Cupid and Psyche

GBP 825.00

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Object Description

An ancient Roman terracotta oil lamp featuring a decorated circular body shape with rounded shoulders. The nozzle is long and rounded, with two volutes at each side. The discus of the lamp is concaved, with two concentric circles surrounding the winged figures of Cupid and Psyche embracing. Cupid is depicted frontal and winged, his body nude. Psyche appears with her back to us, her upper torso nude, whilst a folded garment hangs beneath the curve of her bottom. There is one filling hole to the left of the figures. The reverse of the lamp is incised with a vertical linear stamp, the workshop mark.

Date: Circa AD 69 – 117

Object History

Ex S.M. London collection, 1970-2000s by descent.

Object Condition

Fine, signs of ageing and earthly encrustations on the surface.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:6.9 x H:2.3 x D:9.6 centimeters

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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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