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.
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.