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    Sale 12256

    Antiquities

    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 79

    A BYZANTINE BRONZE TRIPLE-NOZZLE OIL LAMP

    CIRCA 5TH CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

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    A BYZANTINE BRONZE TRIPLE-NOZZLE OIL LAMP
    CIRCA 5TH CENTURY A.D.
    With a roundel on the underside with a facing Dionysian mask, perhaps a satyr with horns, his wild undulating locks secured by a fillet, surrounded by ivy leaves, suspended from a circular disk on three chains, a single chain above with a plaque inscribed in Greek, reading: “For the safety of the emperors. Heron dedicated this as vow to the gods, the Dioscuri, for himself and his wife and his children and his whole household. To the good!”
    32 ¾ in. (83.2 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Private Collection, Boston, Texas & New York, acquired prior to 1992; thence by descent to the current owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY