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Terracotta oil lamp

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
5th century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made
Dimensions:
H.: 1 1/4 x 3 5/16 in. (3.2 x 8.4 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2039
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
On the discus is the Christian chi-rho monogram. The shape and decoration of this lamp, made somewhere in the Greek East, are related to and probably copied from those of African red-slip ware lamps.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2834, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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