Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp Depicting Calydonian Hunt Scene
C. 1st-2nd century AD
A nice Roman oil lamp depicting a calydon hunt scene of the naked man named Meleagre, attacking a wild boar with a spear, whose head is seen under the tree on the left. It has a single handle with a heart shaped nozzle and ovolo decoration to shoulders and base of nozzle. The base is decorated with ring and dot patterns and a maker’s mark of three palm fronds.
Meleager is a heroic figure from Greek mythology who famously led an expedition to kill the Calydonian boar, which had been terrorising the kingdom of Oeneus, king of Calydon in Aetolia.
Intact with fine detail and an interesting piece.
Ref: Similar example in Lampes Antiques by H. Dejean,planche 140.
Provenance: A. G. Collection
Size: 114mm length