A ROMAN BRONZE CANDELABRUM (LAMP STAND)
Please refer to our stock # Z2 when inquiring.
c. 1st Century AD
This exquisitely cast bronze sits on a base terminating in three cloven hooves, possibly satyr hooves, and recurved acanthus leaves adorn the joints between base and feet. The shaft is square and extends to a circular plate adorned with a vase-like top. The edge of the plate is decorated with repeating raised bands, these bands are also used to decorate the top, although less profusely.
25.98 x 2.36 inches (66 x 6 cm)
In excellent condition.
Certificate of Authenticity and Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority Included.
Richter, Gisela M. “Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes” (New York:1915)
Tarbell, F.B., “Catalogue of bronzes, etc, in Field Museum of Natural History reproduced from originals in the National Museum of Naples” (Chicago: 1909)
Candelabrum such as this were an integral part of bringing light into the homes of antiquity. By placing an oil lamp on the top it could then be used to provide light for a much larger area of the home. Given their integral role in daily life, it is not surprising that a plethora of examples have been found with a variety of forms and designs as dictated by their intended use as well as the tastes of the patron or the craftsman.