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Terracotta oil lamp

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
2nd half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made
Dimensions:
1 1/8 x 5 in. (2.9 x 12.7 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.291
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
On the discus a winged Victory holds a shield inscribed with a New Year’s wish for happiness. Around her are representations of things that were usually given as gifts to celebrate the New Year—money (in the form of three coins) and dried fruit (dates and figs).
Inscription: Shield inscribed with New Year's wish: ANNV / NOVM FAV/STVM FEL/ICEM MI/HI
Canessa, Ercole and Arthur Sambon. 1904. Vases Antiques de Terre Cuite: Collection Canessa, Bibliothèque du Musée. no. 268, p. 77, Paris.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 440, pp. 377, 492, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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