Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp

£395.00

A beautifully-decorated terracotta oil lamp featuring a large, rounded concave body with an angular nozzle. The discus is decorated with the first of Herakles’ labours (athloi in Greek): Herakles fighting the Nemean lion.

Date: Ca. AD 100–300

Size: L:25mm / W:115mm ; 81g

Condition: Excellent condition

Provenance: Acquired from a London collector, C.M. Formerly in the collection of Arnos Jumperz, leverkusen Germany. Formed before 1994

SKU: GCA-28

Description

The twelve labours were performed at the service of the King of Tyrins, Eurystheus, as atonement for Herakles killing his wife and were famously displayed on the metopes of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia.

Additional information

Weight .081 kg
Dimensions 2.5 × 11.5 cm
Culture

Ancient Roman

Origin

Italy

Material

Terracotta

Roman Mythology

Herakles