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VKL1

Reference: VKL1 / Cat. No.

Period: Roman

Origin: Central Italy, probably Rome area

Date: 90 – 140 AD

Description:

Bird head lamp (vogelkopflampe). Transverse handle.

Base marked BASSA
Bassus, a recorded maker in central Italy.

Manufacture: Mould made.

Condition: Hole in base, mould join cracked at nozzle.

Notes:
Cf. BMC II, Q1156; (type) Bailey, 9c; Mlasowsky, 426; Wetzel, 14; Walters, 500-2; BMC III, Q1157 bis.

Associated with a ‘warzenlampe’ bearing label: ‘regalo di / Adele Martinelli 1893 / lucerna antica’.


Comments:
The generic term 'bird head' applied to this type of lamp refers to a common decoration on earlier examples, not to the shape.



VKL1


VKL1


Last edited: 05-06-2006

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