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LOT 0095

Estimate
GBP (£) 1,200 - 1,700
EUR (€) 1,400 - 1,980
USD ($) 1,500 - 2,120

Sold for (Inc. bp): £2,080

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LARGE ROMAN OIL LAMP WITH THEATRICAL MASK
1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

A bronze lamp with elongated body, a long splayed and fluked nozzle with rounded tip and circular wick hole; flat rim around the body and the nozzle; D-section handle curving forward from the rear and terminating in a tragic theatrical mask with a palmette below, the hair dressed in stylised ringlets, two raised cones on the brow and a wig with tripartite horns pointing backwards; raised basal ring. 7 1/2 in. (622 grams, 19 cm long). Fine condition.

PROVENANCE:
German art market before 2000.
With a European gentleman living in the UK.
Property of a Surrey gentleman.

LITERATURE:
See Boucher, S., Inventaire des Collections Publiques Françaises - 17 Vienne: Bronzes Antiques, Paris, 1971, fig.401; Bailey, D.M., A catalogue of the lamps in the British Museum, IV, Lamps of metal and stone, and lampstands, London, 1996, no.Q3669, for similar.

FOOTNOTES:
The lamp belongs to the typology of the elongated lamps with splayed and fluked nozzles. Single-stemmed lamps of this category often terminate
with a tragic mask motif. Various examples come from all corners of the Roman Empire, although the quality of the work points towards a South-Italic or even Roman workshop.