Roman oil lamp with comic slave mask

R84

£175.00

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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.

Culture
Roman, 2nd to 3rd Century AD

Size
10 x 6.5 cms

Condition
One side of the base chipped and a small chip to one of the lugs around the tondo

Provenance
Ex. private collection, Hamburg, Germany; acquired from an older collection in the 1980’s-1990’s.

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