Terracotta oil lamp
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Overall: 1 1/4 x 4 in. (3.2 x 10.2 cm)
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
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.