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Roman Pottery Oil Lamp with Head of Jupiter. 1st - 2nd Century AD

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Seller: clioantiquities (151) 100%, Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 131998595946 Roman Pottery Oil Lamp with Head of Jupiter CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Roman Empire. DATE: Late 1st – 2nd Century AD DIMENSIONS: 10 cm (3.0 in.) long including handle; 7.5 cm (2.9 in.) wide. DESCRIPTION: Intact. A mould-made Roman pottery oil lamp of very fine clay covered in a well preserved red slip. The discus is decorated with a bold image in rather high relief of Jupiter in about three-quarters angle, with well defined facial features and unruly hair and beard. One large and one small filling hole occupy the spaces to either side of Jupiter’s beard. The shoulder is decorated with sixteen shield-like medallions and separated from the discus by a double groove. The heart-shaped body protrudes from the body, while the loop handle is decorated with a double groove. The flat base is defined by a single groove. Beneath one shoulder is a faint pencil mark possibly reading “A25”. Accompanied by an old hand written tag reading; “Roman oil lamp round body with relief decoration of head of Hercules. Rare design in “as made” Ex Ousterman colln, ex Pickard. Late 1st Cent AD. 98mm”M PROVENANCE: Formerly in a Welsh private collection formed between the 1970s and 2008. PUBLISHED: Bonhams, London, ANTIQUITIES, 29 April, 2009, part of Lot #308, listed and illustrated on Page 175. Material: Pottery

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