Terracotta oil lamp
- Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
- 1st half of 1st century A.D.
- Roman, Cypriot
- Overall: 1 1/8 x 4 in. (2.9 x 10.2 cm)
- Credit Line:
- The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
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On the discus a rhinoceros is shown tossing with its horn a large cat, probably a lion, while a small animal, possibly meant to be a baby rhino, hides in a tree behind. The rhinoceros, unknown in the Mediterranean world before Roman times, is only rarely depicted in Roman art and on coins; it is shown, for example, on the Roman mosaic from Lod, Israel. The base is inscribed FAVSTI ([of the lamp maker] Faustus); he seems to have worked in Italy, Egypt, and Petra (Jordan), as well as Cyprus.