Roman Oil Lamp with Figure of Nike A Roman terracotta oil lamp featuring a round body, ring handle and rounded nozzle. Within it's cent.. Product #: AH-471 Regular price: $895.00 $895.00 In Stock
Roman Oil Lamp with Figure of NikeRoman Oil Lamp with Figure of NikeRoman Oil Lamp with Figure of NikeRoman Oil Lamp with Figure of Nike

Roman Oil Lamp with Figure of Nike

Product Code: AH-471
Length: 12.4CM
Width: 8.9CM
Height: 5CM

£895.00

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A Roman terracotta oil lamp featuring a round body, ring handle and rounded nozzle. Within it's central discuss it features a decorated scene, depicting the goddess Nike. She is seen holding a wreath in her right hand and a palm branch in her left, whilst she stands on a shield. Her clothing mirrors the wet-look drapery of statues from the 4th century, clinging to her feminine figure. Nike, or Victory, was a common motif for New Year lamps. The personification of Victory and her associated symbols of the palm leaves and shield were predominantly used for public displays. A characteristic...

A Roman terracotta oil lamp featuring a round body, ring handle and rounded nozzle. Within it's central discuss it features a decorated scene, depicting the goddess Nike. She is seen holding a wreath in her right hand and a palm branch in her left, whilst she stands on a shield. Her clothing mirrors the wet-look drapery of statues from the 4th century, clinging to her feminine figure. Nike, or Victory, was a common motif for New Year lamps. The personification of Victory and her associated symbols of the palm leaves and shield were predominantly used for public displays. A characteristic artistic development from the 4th century was to use motifs commonly seen publicly in the private domain, such as the home. Using an imperial symbol such as Nike was thought to bring good fortune for the new year.

This lamp is also stamped on the reverse with a known lamp makers mark. It reads MNOVIVSI, which refers to the oil lamp manufacturer, Marcus Novius Justus who was producing lamps from around 120-180 A.D. Other lamps of his design are housed in the British Museum.

c. 2nd century A.D.

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