Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp


ca. 100–300 AD. Roman. A beautifully-decorated terracotta oil lamp featuring a large, rounded concave body with an angular nozzle. The discus is decorated with concentric ridges encircling an ostrich. Ostriches were kept in captivity and tamed by the early Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. In Rome, ostriches were fattened for the tables of the aristocracy and occasionally used for pulling carts and chariots in processions. The eccentric Roman Emperor Heliogabalus of the third century AD had 600 ostrich served at a banquet. Excellent condition, including custom-made stand.

Size: L:28mm / W:103mm ; 63g

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

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