This type of lamp, characterised by a large circular body and a short, round nozzle, was popular throughout the Roman Empire and produced extensively from the 1st to 3rd centuries AD. Known as the Loeschcke type VIII, many variants of the type exist due to the longevity of its use.
Roman Oil Lamp With Female Profile
A Tunisian pale orange terracotta Roman oil lamp featuring a large circular discus, decorated with the head of a woman or goddess in relief. The lamp has a rounded nozzle and solid handle to the rear as is characteristic of the type. The discus is surrounded by two concentric circles. Remnants of the wick still remain within the filling hole. The base is flattened, designated by a shallow circular groove.
Provenance: From the collection of Arno Jumpertz, Leverkusen, Germany, 1924-1984. Much of the collection was exhibited at Neus museum, 1985.
Condition: Condition: Fine condition; complete and intact, with wear to surface glaze.