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LOT 0931

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £180

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £180

Roman Hanging Lamp with Chains

1st century BC-1st century AD

A bronze hanging lamp with handle and ornament most likely moulded and added after casting; ornamented handle in the shape of a bevelled crescent with a small globule at each end; large ring behind, globular body with rounded plain rim, large plain-lipped filling-hole, lid missing, round-tipped nozzle, flat nozzle top with bevelled sides, raised base forming solid circular foot, four suspension chains united by a cross-shaped hook, fixed on the sides of the lamp. 135 grams, 19cm (7 1/2"). Fine condition.

From the private collection of Antony John Scammell (1937-2019); acquired from Brigantia, York, UK, in 2007; accompanied by the original invoice and certificate of authenticity.

See Bussière, J., Lindros Wohl B., Ancient Lamps in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, 2017.

Just as the dates of bronze lamps are marked by uncertainty, so often is the place of production. It can be assumed that Early Imperial lamps were mostly produced in Italy, as were the lamps from the second to fourth century A.D. The Late Roman products, on the other hand, seem to derive primarily from the eastern Mediterranean. The types of the first and second centuries spread rapidly to other parts of the empire, as confirmed by general parallels found and by the geographical places of manufacture or origin (primarily Asia Minor).

Antony John Scammell (1937-2019) was born, and lived his entire life, in the city of Bristol, England. Already from an early age he was enthralled by history and the heroes that it created. While serving overseas with the British Army, Antony began collecting coins and banknotes and this led to collecting a variety of different items throughout his life. From the early 1960s onward, Antony invested in acquiring ancient artefacts. Antony's vast collections started with Egyptian antiquities, but soon branched into Greek and Roman civilisations. The Roman civilisation fascinated him most and, when family commitments allowed, archaeological digs were coordinated in the west of England. These digs uncovered numerous artefacts, many of which were donated to local museums. In retirement, the collecting continued apace, branching into UK coins, British Empire banknotes and fossils.