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Terracotta lamp: on discus, eagle

Period:
Imperial
Date:
late 1st–early 2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 15/16 x 1 15/16in. (10 x 4.9cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2072
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
The eagle was the symbol of the Greek Zeus and the Roman Jupiter, the father of the gods. Under the Romans, the bird also became associated with the emperor and so acquired its imperial connotation.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2793, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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