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
flaring nostrils and the mouth slightly ajar.
facial muscles are well-defined and a thick
mane runs back along the neck. The body of
lamp is set on a low foot ring with a circular
filling hole and an extended nozzle. The
of oil lamps in the ancient world were made
clay, and only the wealthy could have
such a luxurious bronze example. The beauty
the lamp lies in the simplicity of its form,
particularly the curve of the handle, and the
sensitive treatment of the horse.