Roman, Eastern Roman Empire, late Imperial Period, ca. 4th century CE. A fabulous oil lamp of a conical form, free-blown from semi-translucent, pale blue-green glass. The lamp has a narrow rounded base which gradually expands upward to a flared rim with a ground lip, and three passages of three wheel-cut striations coursing around the exterior of the body. Brilliant areas of silvery and rainbow-hued iridescence elegantly accentuate the soft spring hues of this fine example. Size: 5.125" in diameter x 7.625" H (13 cm x 19.4 cm); 8.125" H (20.6 cm) on included custom stand.
For a stylistically-similar example, please see "Solid Liquid: Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic Glass." Fortuna Fine Arts, Ltd., New York, 1999, p. 111, fig. 200.
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private A.A. collection, Munich, Germany, acquired between 1992 and 1996
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