Rare Molded Ceramic Black Ware Oil Lamp w/ Handle and Detailed Imagery on Topside, Hallmark in Recto (Ancient Rome/Roman Empire; circa approx. 50-350 CE) - (Note: Although Ceramic Black Ware (or Blackware) Is Rarely Seen In the Highly Detailed Roman Imperial Oil Lamps Such As In The Example Available Here, It Was Not Uncommon in Other Ancient Cultures, Such as in the Moche Culture, contemporary to the Roman Empire, on the Western Coast of Modern-Day South America. It was also popular in the Roman Imperial-Era East Mediterranean Holy Land Region, where many ceramic and glass products including oil lamps were made for use in other parts of the Empire such as in Rome itself, however Holy Land black ware ceramics were much more common during the Iron Age II Period, c. 1000-586 BCE, and had largely fallen from use at the time this lamp was made, making it a rather rare piece in this part of the world during this period- especially for a piece with the detail shown here) The Lamp Displays an Incredible Amount of Precision in Construction and Artistic Detail in the Bas-Relief Type Design, Which Shows a Top Side Image of a Soldier or Gladiator in a Horse-Drawn Chariot Riding Full Speed, while being Protected By The Angelic Winged Roman Goddess Victoria (From "Nike" of The Greek Pantheon) Flying Overhead. We also find a very rare feature on the bottom-side in what seems a Hallmark Impression of two letters- "A.C.", but in mirror image as if a perhaps to be used as a seal to make an impression of the letters in the correct direction. Relatively Rather Large in Size, giving enough space for a wonderful amount of detail in the Chariot-Scene Relief.
Circa 1st- 4th Century CE (AD)
Dimensions: Length (From Handle)- 5" (13cm) x Width- 3 1/8" (8.1cm) x Height- (To Rim) 1 3/8" (3.6cm) - (To Highest Point-Handle) 2 1/4" (5.8cm)
Cf: Christie's: New York, Park Ave; Sale 9050; Lot 50
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