Roman oil lamp with comic slave maskR84
A moulded pottery “firmalampe” oil lamp decorated on the tondo with a drama mask representing a comic slave. This type of lamp was often used by the Roman military due to its robust design, the mask of a comic slave may have been a humorous reflection on the owner’s own situation as a soldier.
Roman, 2nd to 3rd Century AD
10 x 6.5 cms
One side of the base chipped and a small chip to one of the lugs around the tondo
Ex. private collection, Hamburg, Germany; acquired from an older collection in the 1980’s-1990’s.