Lamp

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Mid–1st century AD

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

The windowless rooms of Roman buildings required artificial illumination, which was frequently provided by oil lamps. While inexpensive terracotta lamps were widely used, bronze lamps were luxury items produced for wealthier people. The handle of this lamp is adorned with a crescent moon surmounted by a bust of Jupiter, king of the gods, and his companion animal, the eagle, which clutches a thunderbolt (a symbol of the god) in its talons. A knobbed lid tops the container, which would have been filled with olive oil.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Lamp

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

25 AD–75 AD

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

11.5 × 21.7 × 14 cm (4 1/2 × 8 1/2 × 5 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection

Reference Number

1985.1041a-b

Extended information about this artwork

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