A finely modelled Ancient Roman terracotta oil lamp, featuring an attached loop handle, a short canal nozzle with volutes, a decorated concave discus and one filling hole. The discus is decorated with two concentric circles surrounding the depiction of a winged Cupid, portrayed playing with a dog.
Eros as a force of physical desire dates back at least as far as the works of Homer, but the concept of Eros quickly became more refined. He became, to the classical Greeks, a personified deity of exceptional beauty and playfulness. His depiction on this pottery lamp, seen playing with a dog, is indeed testament to his cheeky character. Eros’ tricks were typically played on lovers, using his arrows to manipulate romantic situations, and to punish those who resisted his efforts.