Roman Oil Lamp: Charioteer
An ancient Roman pottery oil lamp with an image of a two horsed chariot (biga) in the discus, the driver holds the reins and raises a whip. Incised, "O N," on the reverse.
Ca. 40-75 AD.
A full lamp of this type would burn for two or three hours.
cf.: D. M. Bailey, A Catalogue of Lamps in the British Museum, Vol. II, Roman Lamps Made in Italy, (London, 1980), no. Q883, (Loeschcke Type IV).
Formerly in the S. B. collection, inherited from Captain Wendell Phillips who acquired it during the Allied liberation of Italy in 1943.