Roman Bronze Oil Lamp: Theater Mask


Roman Bronze Oil Lamp: Theater Mask

A large ancient Roman bronze oil lamp with an elaborate handle in the form of a female theater mask wearing a large cap, under which protrude a row of stylized curls and double screw-locks falling down on each side of the face, with a decorative palmette below the chin, on a raised lathed base.

Ca. 1st -2nd century AD.
Length: 6 1/4 in. (16 cm).

cf.: J.W. Hayes, Ancient Lamps in the Royal Ontario Museum, IV, (Toronto, 1996), pp. 40, pl. 47. fig. Q3669.

Formerly in a New York private collection.

Inv#: 7001


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