Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp with Mars


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Object Description

A Roman terracotta oil lamp featuring a decorated discus and heart-shaped nozzle. The discuss features a deeply incised scene, depicting the god Mars. He appears helmeted with an ornate side-plumed helmet, cloaked with a chlamys and holding a barbed spear. The shoulders are decorated with a leaf-shaped continuous pattern, separated from the discuss by three concentric circles. Unusually, the reverse of the lamp is also decorated, with a line of ovolo decoration to the nozzle. There is a large base mark, followed by three sets of concentric circles.

Date: Circa 3rd century AD.

Object History

Ex major S.M., London, Collection 1970-2010.

Object Condition

Very fine.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:8.3 x x D:11.2 centimeters

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By appointment only.

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+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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