Terracotta oil lamp


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Loeschcke Type 8. Mold-made, with shallow, deeply carinated body. Discus: locust facing right, eating grapes; a single filling hole at bottom. On shoulder, a pattern of impressed ovules, interrupted at the sides with two axe head-shaped designs. Stylized volutes flanking nozzle. Base ring outlined by two concentric grooves, and a flat base, with an impressed marker's mark, comprising two Greek letters: C Є, flanking a spray with three berries. Pinkish-buff clay.


The lamp was probably made in Syria–Palestine.

Terracotta oil lamp, Terracotta, Roman

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