Terracotta oil lamp

Period:
Late Imperial or Early Byzantine
Date:
4th–5th century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 1/4 x 3 1/8 in. (3.2 x 7.9 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2126
Not on view
Vessberg Type 18. Mold-made, with small, unpierced handle. Discus with scene inverted: Christ, with rayed nimbus, flanked by large jar and amphora, performing the Miracle at Cana, surrounded by a narrow band of radiating lines. Two filling holes at sides. On wide, horizontal shoulder, vine tendril with stylized bunches of grapes. Undefined, concave base.

Broken with losses around wick hole and along left side of body; worn, weathered surface.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2802, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.