Roman Bronze Oil Lamp

SKU LO.1269
Circa

100 AD to 200 AD

Dimensions

6.9″ (17.5cm) high x 10″ (25.4cm) wide

Medium

Bronze

Origin

Israel

Gallery Location

UK


 

This pear-shape oil lamp dates to the Roman era. The arched handle terminates in a horse- head finial emerging from a leafy wreath. The horse’s features are naturalistically rendered with flaring nostrils and the mouth slightly ajar. The facial muscles are well-defined and a thick curly mane runs back along the neck. The body of the lamp is set on a low foot ring with a circular filling hole and an extended nozzle. The majority of oil lamps in the ancient world were made from clay, and only the wealthy could have afforded such a luxurious bronze example. The beauty of the lamp lies in the simplicity of its form, particularly the curve of the handle, and the sensitive treatment of the horse.

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