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Ancient Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp with Erotic Scene

Ancient Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp with Erotic Scene

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 988658

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Ancient Roman oil lamp from circa 100 AD. The central scene in tondo of the circular lamp, shows in raised relief an erotic scene. An encounter of a man and women on a bed, women facing forward and on all four limbs. Erotic lamps as this one, with an open depictions of eroticism would have been used to light bed chambers throughout the Roman Empire. This oil lamp is in good condition with deposits, however nozzle now missing. Measures 3" inches in diameter.

Cf. A very close example see Michael Grant, 'Erotic Art in Pompeii - The Secret Collection of the National Museum of Naples' (London 1975)