A Roman Bronze Oil Lamp, 1st Century A.D.
Property sold to benefit the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
A Roman Bronze Oil Lamp
1st Century A.D.
with ring foot and circular body merging into two spade-shaped nozzles and flanked by bull protomes, each nozzle set out from the body by a collar terminating in twin rosettes, two ducks each with head for suspension flanking the sunken discus.
Height 15.5 cm; length 39 cm.
Missing its foot plate and suspension chains. Surface of nozzles and discus slightly worn from cleaning. Engraved details of animals still quite crisp. Extensive remains of corrosion overall.
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gift of John Joseph Albright, Buffalo, New York, to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1955
For related 1st Century A.D. twin-nozzled lamps (with elephant protomes) see https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/G_1873-0820-160 and J. Bussière and B. Lindros Wohl, Ancient Lamps in the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2017, no. 625. For multi-nozzled lamps with bull protomes see V. Mele, Catalogo delle Lucerne in bronzo. Museo archeologico nazionale di Napoli, 1981, pp. 61-62, nos. 128-129, and p. 124, nos. 297-298.