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Roman Bronze Oil Lamp - LO.1269
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD
Dimensions: 6.9" (17.5cm) high x 10" (25.4cm) wide
Collection: Classical Antiquities
Style: Roman
Medium: Bronze


Location: Great Britain
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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. - (LO.1269)

 

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