Ancient Roman Pottery Oil Lamp With Julius Caesar Denarius Trophy of War Scene - 100 AD

Ancient Coins - Ancient Roman Pottery Oil Lamp With Julius Caesar Denarius Trophy of War Scene - 100 AD
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A superb Roman North African terracotta oil lamp, dating to 100 – 200 AD.


The lamp of classic form, ochre-slipped with volutes flanking the single nozzle. The moulded decoration on the tondo depicts a trophy of war (tropaion) with a pile of helmets and shields beneath. The underside bears a maker's mark.


Rarely does one encounter such a beautiful pottery example of an ancient Roman oil lamp; the decoration is particularly fine, with care given to present the viewer with a three dimensional image. Not only is the decoration of a high quality, but the subject matter is both rare and iconographically significant. The tropaion was an ancient Greek and later Roman monument set up to commemorate a victory on the site of the battlefield itself - it became a symbol of Roman pride and martial prowess, its image found from Trajan’s Column to the coins of Julius Caesar.


Please note: An Oxford Authentication Thermoluminescence test certificate accompanies this piece, which scientifically confirms it to be a genuine Roman artefact.


Length: 4  5/8 inches.


Condition: Excellent, small undecorated area of tondo restored, the wick end still blackened by the ancient fire.


Provenance:


Ex. British private collection, acquired 1970's - 1980's. With old collection tag on base (see images).

Ancient Coins - Ancient Roman Pottery Oil Lamp With Julius Caesar Denarius Trophy of War Scene - 100 AD
Ancient Coins - Ancient Roman Pottery Oil Lamp With Julius Caesar Denarius Trophy of War Scene - 100 AD
Ancient Coins - Ancient Roman Pottery Oil Lamp With Julius Caesar Denarius Trophy of War Scene - 100 AD
Preis SKU: 29512
US$ 2,950.00
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