A lamp such as this might have lit homes when the Roman emperors reigned
supreme. A metaphor of joy and prosperity, for hope, for life itself, lamps have
illuminated the path of civilization for centuries. They have guided great thoughts
through the night, stood vigil with lonely passions. In the presence of this simple
object, we are in touch directly with a vanished world, with the people once
warmed by its glow. Today it remains as an enduring symbol of man's desire to
conquer the darkness. This particular Roman oil lamp features minimal discus
adornment, save for the subtle zig-zag pattern and repeated lines.