Oil lamp with ornate rounded nozzle and pierced lug handle has been richly decorated. The design on the discus features an erotic motif. Decoration is worn, and the lamp shows signs of burning around the nozzle.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman lamp
2nd Century-3rd Century CE
H50mm x W80mm x D110mm
three feathers or palm fronds and triangle
The makers mark is composed of three feathers or palm fronds and a triangle. The makers mark, a feather within a triangle appears on the underside within three concentric circles. Small circles also decorate the base.
decorative motif: Erotic motif of two figures, one bent, one standing.
History and use
The need to extend daylight hours has always been with us. Before the advent of electricity, allowing a space to be illuminated with the simple flick of a switch, light was achieved by the use of a candle or a lamp. Artificial lighting via candles and lamps was widespread through the ancient world. Lamps were utilised in private and public buildings, in temples and sanctuaries, in street lighting and in ceremonies.
Roman terracotta lamp with two figured erotic motif. The makers mark is composed of three feathers or palm fronds and a triangle. Signs of burning around the nozzle suggest this lamp has seen use in ancient times.