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CA3

Reference: CA3 / Cat. No.

Period: Roman

Origin: Possibly Eastern Mediterranean

Date: 50 150 AD

Description:

Arched handle decorated with theatre mask (tragic female).

Fabric: Copper alloy.

Manufacture: Cast.

Size (cm): L. 14.8, W. 6.1, H. 10.2 (ih) [mask: H. 6.6]

Notes:
Cf. BMC IV, Q3669; Hayes, Metalware, 211; Menzel, 716; De Spagnolis & De Carolis, Ercolano e Pompei, 83; De Spagnolis & De Carolis, Museo Nazionale Romano, Type V, 2; Panazza, 69; Iconomu, 809; (pottery) Rosenthal & Sivan, 368.


Comments:
This type of lamp of elongated form with flat rim, sunken top and fluked nozzle has been found widely distributed (including at Pompeii) but many are believed to be of eastern origin, possibly from Alexandria. Their arched handles typically terminate in animal heads, such as that of a bird or horse, or in other stock motifs, such as a theatre mask. The style, size, proportion and angle of the masks vary considerably.



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Last edited: 15-08-2009

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