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Roman oil lamp depicting Cybele riding a lion

R49

£180.00

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A moulded pottery oil lamp decorated with a figure of the goddess Cybele riding a lion. The remnants of an ancient iron suspension hook may be seen in one of the apertures.

Culture:
Roman North African Colonies, Tunisia, 2nd or 3rd Century AD

Size:
12 x 9 cms

Condition:
Intact as shown, decoration somewhat clearer than the photographs imply

Provenance:
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.

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