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Terracotta oil lamp

Period:
Imperial
Date:
late 1st–early 2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/32 in. (7.69 cm.)
D. 10 15/16 in. (27.72 cm.)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.879
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This lamp, coated with a vitreous green glaze, features a central floral decoration and two extended griffin heads at either side. Its form and style of decoration are very close to those of lamps from Knidos, which feature an extension of their nozzle-volutes into a decorative animal head, normally a horse but occasionally a griffin.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 204, p. 258, pl. 327.3, Paris.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 317, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

British Museum and Donald M. Bailey. 1988. A Catalogue of the Lamps in the British Museum: Roman Provincial Lamps, Vol. 3. p. 327, London: British Museum Publications, Ltd.

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