Roman Satyr/Priapus Terracotta Lamp


A Roman oil lamp taking the form of a Satyr or, perhaps, the deity Priapus. Mould-made, this lamp presents an intricate and unusual form, with a large grotesque face capturing the eye.

Date: Ca. 1st – 4th century AD

Size: L:170mm / W:80mm ; 336g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Acquired from a London gallery; Formerly with Arnos Jumperz, Leverkusen Germany. His collection was formed before 1994 and passed by descent to his family.



This oil lamp falls under the Roman ‘Plastic Lamps’ category. Possibly originating in Athens during the Hellenistic period, these lamps were particularly popular during the 2nd century AD and have been recorded across all Mediterranean provinces of the Roman Empire. They presented a wide range of forms, including animals, deities and human body parts. The production of these unusual pieces was ended by the end of the 4th century AD, partly due to the growing Christian influence and strict imperial edicts against idol worship.

Additional information

Weight .336 kg
Dimensions 17 × 8 cm

Ancient Roman


North Africa



Roman Mythology

Priapus, Satyr