Roman Oil Lamp: Bather

 

Roman Oil Lamp: Bather

An ancient Roman pottery oil lamp with an image of a nude woman pouring water from a pitcher into a laver in preparation for bathing. The reverse is stamped with the potter's mark, C.OPPI. RE, "Caius Oppius Restitutus".

Ca. 80 - 120 AD.
Length: 4 1/2 in. (12 cm).
Intact.

The pottery workshop Caius Oppius Restitutus was active in central Italy at the turn of the first century AD. There are numerous finds bearing this stamp form Ostia and Southern France.

cf.: J.W. Hayes, Ancient Lamps in the Royal Ontario Museum, I Greek and Roman Clay Lamps, (Toronto, 1980), nos. 224, 228, 229, 234, 272.

Formerly in an old New York collection, with inked inventory number: G.58.19.22.

Inv#: 6353

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