Terracotta oil lamp

Roman, Egyptian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Carinated body. Mold-made. Small, plain discus with central filling hole; narrow channel between discus and nozzle, flanked by large volutes. Broad, sloping shoulder decorated with elongated, rounded tongues in high relief, marked out by incised lines. Broad base ring, flanked by two incised circles, and a flat base with incised letter I at center; two curving incised lines on underside of body to either side of nozzle, with two short incised lines at center, vertical above and horizontal below.

Complete, except for a small hole in front edge of nozzle.

Terracotta oil lamp, Terracotta, Roman, Egyptian

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