Roman, early Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 2nd century CE. A beautiful mold-formed pottery oil lamp with an incised circular base bearing an illegible planta pedis (maker's mark), gradually expanding walls, a recessed tondo with a petite fill hole, and a wide wick spout with protruding lateral corners and spiraling volutes on the neck. Displayed within the recessed tondo is a low relief image of a striding gladiator, bedecked with armor on the legs, chest, and one arm, and holding a tall tower shield in his right hand. Size: 3.625" L x 2.5" W x 1" H (9.2 cm x 6.4 cm x 2.5 cm)
For a stylistically similar example, please see the Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 74.51.2027.
Provenance: Harlan Berk collection, Chicago, Illinois, USA; ex-Mark Wieclaw collection, acquired between 1985 and 2010
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Repair to front of wick spout, with small chips and light adhesive residue along break lines. Minor abrasions to base, body, and wick spout, with light softening to some details on gladiator, and light encrustations. Nice earthen deposits throughout. Great remaining details on gladiator. Planta pedis on base is illegible.