Roman, late Imperial Period, ca. 4th to early 5th century CE. A beautiful cast-bronze oil lamp with a teardrop-shaped base, pinched walls, rolling shoulders, a rimmed fill hole, and a slender wick spout. The shoulders are decorated with a register of repeating semicircular curves stemming from a raised border strip which delineates the neck channel. A stylized rooster stands just behind the fill hole with clawed feet, a puffed-out abdomen, an erect head, and a curved, feathery tail doubling as the lamp's handle. The exterior is enveloped in layers of lustrous green and brown patina, making this a fantastic example of utilitarian artwork from ancient Rome! Size: 4.25" L x 2.75" W x 3" H (10.8 cm x 7 cm x 7.6 cm).
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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Surface wear and minor abrasions commensurate with age, slight bending to form of rooster, fading to some areas of raised detailing, very minor nicks to base, rooster, and along peripheries, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits and beautiful green and brown patina throughout.