Ever thought about how those of the past lit their way?

Well for a Roman citizen and oil lamp like this would have been commonplace. They would have been handheld, or rested on a table, and illuminated late night journey or around the house. Most excitingly, there is original paper work with this piece from when it was catalogued by a German expert.

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C. 40-500 AD. Roman. Terracotta oil lamp with moulded decoration. A dark brown terracotta lamp characterized by a circular body and short rounded nozzle. The central disc is decorated with a cupid riding a chariot pulled by gryphons. This beautiful example corresponds to Loeschcke type VIII, which came into use during the Claudian period and were very popular for the next two centuries, though they remained popular until the fall of the Western Roman Empire and even later. Excellent condition; comes with original handwritten catalogue card (in German).

Size: L:110mm / W:85mm ; 120g

Provenance: From the private collection of Mr. R. Unger; previously with a London gallery; acquired in before 2000 on the UK art market.

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