Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp Decorated With Crescent of Luna & Maker’s Mark

Item Description

C. 2nd-3rd century AD

A nice example of a Roman oil lamp depicting the crescent of Luna, the goddess of the moon, to central discus within a border of concentric circles and a ribbed handle. Makers mark to back reads: “ MNOVIVS TI”.

Small chip to crescent edge otherwise in good condition with good clear detail to maker’s mark.

Ref: Lamps Antiques by Herve Dejean, planchet 77.

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: 101mm length



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