Terracotta oil lamp

Period: Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian

Date: 1st half of 1st century A.D.

Culture: Roman, Cypriot

Medium: Terracotta; mold-made

Dimensions: Overall: 1 1/4 x 4 in. (3.2 x 10.2 cm)

Classification: Terracottas

Credit Line: The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76

Accession Number: 74.51.2164

Not on view
Loeschcke Type 1A, with nozzle channel. Mold-made. Discus: circular frieze comprising cuirass at bottom behind nozzle, then clockwise, a large round shield, a helmet (?), two overlapping oval shields, a helmet and short sword, an oblong shield, a helmet, a small round shield, a pair of crossed greaves, a helmet, a square shield (?), a straight sword, a curved sword, and a large round shield; a central filling hole, surrounded by concentric lines and grooves, and a small air hole behind nozzle channel, with a band of close-set lines and grooves at edge. Volutes flanking nozzle. Within band of incised lines and grooves forming a base ring, a flat, sunken base, with impressed letters across center: FAVS, and a raised cross below.

Intact, except for chip in front of nozzle.

The inscription reads from the back.

Inscription: inscribed "FAVSTI"
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2866, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA : A Checklist. p. 199, Rome: The American Academy in Rome.