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Roman oil lamp with Cista (flaming altar)

Roman oil lamp with Cista (flaming altar) Roman  oil lamp
Roman terracotta oil lamp, Loeschke lamp type 1 b/c. The discus is decorated in high relief with a cista (flaming altar), caduceus leaning to left. behind, and the basees of palm branches or cyprus trees to the sides.

Late 1st BC/AD.

Cf. Vikić-Belančić, 106 Frecer, Gerulata, 12 (altar) Hayes, 239.

Very Fine Condition
Length 8.5 cms (3.34 ins).

Provenance: Ex Cambridge collection, purchased from Gorny & Mosch: Lot 490 December 2012

Context: In the house of every Greek and Roman was an altar on this altar there had always to be a small quantity of ashes, and a few lighted coals. It was a sacred obligation for the master of every house to keep the fire up night and day. Woe to the house where it was extinguished. Every evening they covered the coals with ashes to prevent them from being entirely consumed. In the morning the first care was to revive this fire with a few twigs. The fire ceased to glow upon the altar only when the entire family had perished.
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Category Ancient Artifacts Date 1st BC/AD.  Pre 16th Century Antiques Material Terracotta Origin Roman Item code as1213a093 / K113 Status For Sale


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