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Roman Pottery Oil Lamp with Rare Amphora Scene, N. Africa, 2nd Century AD

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Seller: clioantiquities (143) 100%, Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 132003101327 Roman Pottery Oil Lamp with Rare Amphora Scene CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Roman Empire; North Africa DATE: 2nd Century AD DIMENSIONS: 11 cm (4.3 in.) long, including handle; 7.2 cm (2.8 in.) wide Intact. A mold-made Roman pottery oil lamp of fine clay covered in a mostly preserved pale red slip. The discus is decorated with a rare scene of a dwarf or pygmy holding upright an amphora by one handle. A filling hole occupies the space to the left of this scene. The plain shoulder is separated from the discus by a double groove. The nozzle protrudes outward from the body. There is a ring handle decorated with a double groove. On the flat base is an indistinct makers mark in Latin. PROVENANCE: Formerly in a Welsh private collection formed between the 1970s and 2008. PUBLISHED: Bonhams, London, “Antiquities”, 29 April, 2009, Lot #308, listed and illustrated on Page 175. COMPARISONS: For a nearly identical discus scene, see the Petrie Museum website, Museum Number UC54231, a Roman period fragmentary lamp found at Ehnasya. Material: Pottery

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