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VA1

Reference: VA1 / Cat. No.

Period: Roman

Origin: Probably Italy

Date: 20 BC – 30 AD

Description:

On discus: winged Victoria walking r., holding circular shield inscribed ‘SC’.


Manufacture: Mould made.

Size (cm): L. 12.7, W. 7.6, H. 3.2 (eh)

Condition: Areas of restoration to nozzle and front l. discus (l. filling-hole possibly added), handle reattached.


Notes:
Cf. (subject) Hayes, 267; Kirsch, 28, 82.

Loeschcke Type Ia.


Comments:
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. The inscription here stands for Senatus Consulto (by decree of the senate) and implies an official award. Perhaps the most evocative use of the theme on lamps occurs on those depicting Victoria holding a shield inscribed with New Year greetings.



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Last edited: 29-12-2010

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