Roman lamp with Victoria inscribing a shield, signed
75 - 125 AD
On discus: winged Victoria right (seated on cuirass?), inscribing circular shield supported on column.
Italy or Tunisia.
Base marked L M ADIEC
Lucius Munatius Adiectus, an Italian maker with branch workshops in North Africa.
L. 12.3 cm
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The theme of Victoria with an inscribed shield represented the recording of an event, such as a victory or other achievement, and conveyed a celebratory message. Perhaps the most evocative use of the theme on lamps occurs on those depicting Victoria holding a shield inscribed with New Year greetings.
A depiction of Victoria in the act of inscribing a shield is included on Trajan's Column (completed 113 AD).
Ex Dutch collection
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