A ROMAN BRONZE OIL LAMP
Catalog:Bronze:Roman Art: stock #1370479
1st Century CE
This beautiful example of its type is skillfully cast. The body is circular and is embellished with concentric circles on the inside and out. The nozzle is voluted, as is common during this period. As an additional decorative element each of the volutes terminates in a small flower. At the back of the lamp, you can see the attachment point of a handle, most likely also decorated, now lost.
In excellent condition.
From a private American collection
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 1340, p. 381, New York: Gilliss Press.
Oil lamps were as ubiquitous in the ancient world as our lamps are today, with as many different varieties available. The use of bronze and the beautiful decoration on this example speak to a certain level of status for the owner, as both features would have put it out of reach for the average laborer.