Roman lamp with female bust, made by Marcus Novius IustusR114
A brown slip moulded pottery oil lamp decorated with a bare-breasted female bust. The base of the lamp is stamped: MNOVIVSI, the maker’s mark of Marcus Novius Iustus.
Roman North African colonies, Tunisia, c. 120-180 AD
10.6 x 7.4 cms
Surface wear to the slip as shown in the photographs
Ex. collection: Marius-Victor-Ernest Dumas (North Africa and France); acquired in Tunisia between c. 1890-1920. M. Dumas was Controleur Civile (French colonial administrator) of the city of Sousse in Tunisia prior to World War I. This collection of Roman and North African antiquities has remained in the family for the past 100 years in the Haute-Savoie region of France.