An attractive ancient Late Roman-Christian oil lamp, dating to the 4th - 5th Century A.D. Type originating from the Holy land.
The lamp is decorated with an impressed design with animal fights in relief. Looks like a fight between a lion and a bull, a typical match up for animal fights. The base is decorated with concentric circles.
Lamps such as this were filled with olive oil in ancient times and lit by means of a thick wick, which protruded from the nozzle end.
Size: 95 mm. x 75 mm.
Condition: Superb - the lamp is uncleaned and the details of the animal fights will improve with gentle cleaning.
Ex Ex. Johan Dæhlfeldt Estate Collection - 40 years of collecting antiquities.