Oil lamp with the column on lion’s legs

Oil lamp with the column on lion's legs

End of 1st century BC – early 1st century AD
Height: 225mm
Width: 50mm
Terracotta, two-part mould

Oil lamp of an unusual shape produced exclusively in Egypt from 4th century BC to 3rd century AD. The ovoid container with a filling hole for oil placed on top is mounted on three lionspaws. The vessel ends in a high column topped by the head of a bird (swan or duck). Some of the columns are terminated with a loop for suspension. The form is derived from bronze lamps.


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