London, South Kensington
30 April 2008
FIVE BYZANTINE TERRACOTTA LAMPS
MAINLY LATE 4TH-EARLY 6TH CENTURY A.D.
Each with moulded decoration, a central medallion surrounded by a decorative border, showing respectively a seated lion; a leaping lion; a female bust within a rope border and frame of S-shaped motifs; a helmeted bust; and a bucolic scene of a man seated in a tree hut playing a flute(?), a second man to one side, a bird perched on top and a dog chasing hare below
5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) long max. (5)
German private collection, formed during the 1960s-1970s.
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Items one, two and five: cf. C. Lyon-Caen and V. Hoff, Catalogue des lampes en terre cuite grecques et chrétiennes, Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1986, pp. 110 and 118, nos. 91-92 and 135 for similar.
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