Roman Bronze Oil Lamp
A large ancient late Roman or early Byzantine bronze oil lamp with an integral foot and elaborate handle in the form of an acanthus leaf, suspended by three bronze chains, and a fourth chain for the lid.
Ca. 5th - 6th century AD.
cf.: Claire Skinkel-Taupin, Lampes en Terre Cuite de la Mediterranee Grecque et Romaine. Bruxelles: Musees Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, (1980), p. 1; Donald M. Bailey, A Catalogue of the Lamps in the British Museum. IV. Lamps of Metal and Stone, and Lampstands, (London, 1980), pl. 188, Q 3771.
Formerly in the George R. Francoeur Trust, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.