Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp Decorated With A Rooster

Item Description

C. 1st-2nd Century AD

Roman oil lamp decorated with a rooster to central discus and a grooved handle, with incised leaves to shoulders. It has a heart shaped nozzle and a decorated base.

The rooster was frequently associated with goddess Minerva, the goddess of arts and crafts. The figure of the rooster represented different aspects of her personalities or spheres of influence, such as healing, readiness, and pugnacity.

Intact with minor nick to base and in good condition with nice detail.

Provenance: Ex Museum Ludwig, Cologne. From the collection of Arno Jumpertz, Leverkusen, Germany. 1924-84. Much of the collection was exhibited at Neus museum, 1985.

Size: 108mm length



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