Roman, Imperial, 1st to 3rd century CE. A lovely set of three mold-formed pottery oil lamps, all with circular bases, sloped shoulders, wick spouts, and adorned with relief ornaments. The first boasts a vibrant shade of sienna and features a sizable annular fill hole adorned with a border of concentric circles encompassing a phytomorphic design and a brief neck bearing five concentric circles and four raised dots. A petite tabbed handle decorated with a triangular motif sits on the opposite side of the fill hole from the spout. The second oil lamp is enveloped in a shade of pale orange and exhibits a bullseye-style base, a recessed central tondo, a tiny fill hole, and a short spout. Displayed within the recessed tondo is a stylized countenance, perhaps that of Bacchus, with centrally parted bangs surrounded by a starburst pattern. The shoulder outside the tondo is decorated with a repeated tab pattern. Vertical lines between volutes appear like the capital of an Ionic column below the spout hole. Lucite stands in photograph are not included. Size of largest: 3.75" L x 2.875" W (9.5 cm x 7.3 cm)
Last, the third vessel presents in the same form of the first, except with a larger tabbed handle and embellished with repeated target motifs and an outer border of vertical lines around the shoulder and the periphery of the spout. This oil lamp features a deep shade of reddish beige.
Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection, acquired before 2000
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All have minor nicks/chips and char marks throughout with some light fading of detail, commensurate with age. Otherwise, they are all excellent and intact with lovely earthen deposits in some areas.