• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 79

    A ROMAN BRONZE OIL LAMP

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A ROMAN BRONZE OIL LAMP
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
    In the form of a comic theatre mask with exaggerated features, frowning brow, pug nose and raised circular beard framing open mouth, hair close cropped with stippled decoration and longer curls around the sides, volute-shaped nozzle, loop handle surmounted by a knobbed ivy leaf, on raised tear-drop shaped foot, three suspension rings at either side of mouth and with linked chains for hanging
    7 in. (18 cm.) long


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    Provenance

    Formerly in the De Clercq collection (1836-1901), Paris.


    Literature

    A. de Ridder, Collection de Clercq, les Bronzes, Paris, 1904, p. 313, no. 511.