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Terracotta oil lamp

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman, Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 1/8 x 4 in. (2.9 x 10.2 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2162
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
On the discus a rhinoceros is shown tossing with its horn a large cat, probably a lion, while a small animal, possibly meant to be a baby rhino, hides in a tree behind. Compare the rhinoceros on the Roman mosaic from Lod, Israel displayed nearby. The base is inscribed FAVSTI ([of the lampmaker] Faustus); he seems to have worked in Italy, Egypt, and Petra (Jordan), as well as Cyprus.
Inscription: inscribed "FAVSTI"
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2857, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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