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No. 76982363

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Ancient Roman Bronze Oil Lamp In The Shape Of The Head Of An African
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€ 185
13 weeks ago

Ancient Roman Bronze Oil Lamp In The Shape Of The Head Of An African

Ca. 1st century AD An oil lamp in the shape of the head of an African exemplifies the artistic and cultural exchange within the Roman Empire. Crafted from bronze, this unique lamp features a stylized depiction of an African head on a small foot. The intricate details include a raised brow, wide articulated eyes, and a broad nose, with the upturned nozzle emerging from the open mouth. A looped finial on the forehead suggests the possibility of suspension, while another spout at the back facilitates filling. Such oil lamps reveal the diverse range of cultural influences present in the Roman world. They reflect the encounter between the Roman Empire and the peoples of Africa, highlighting the interconnectedness of different civilizations. The lamp's symbolism extends beyond its practical function, possibly representing exoticism, cultural curiosity, or even the commemoration of significant individuals from Africa. Functionally, these lamps served as a source of illumination, casting light through the open mouth and providing a practical and aesthetically pleasing lighting solution. They would have been used in various domestic and religious contexts, contributing to the ambiance and symbolic significance of the spaces in which they were placed. Size: L:55mm / W:62mm ; 60g Provenance: Private London collection; formerly acquired in the US in the 1990s. Disclaimer: All items will be shipped from Belgium. The seller guarantees and can prove that the object was obtained legally. The seller was informed by Catawiki that they had to provide the documentation required by the laws and regulations in their country of residence. The seller guarantees and is entitled to sell/export this object. The seller will provide all provenance information known about the object to the buyer. The seller ensures that any necessary permits are/will be arranged. The seller will inform the buyer immediately about any delays in obtaining such permits. The seller will not ship outside the EU.

No. 76982363

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Ancient Roman Bronze Oil Lamp In The Shape Of The Head Of An African

Ancient Roman Bronze Oil Lamp In The Shape Of The Head Of An African

Ca. 1st century AD

An oil lamp in the shape of the head of an African exemplifies the artistic and cultural exchange within the Roman Empire. Crafted from bronze, this unique lamp features a stylized depiction of an African head on a small foot. The intricate details include a raised brow, wide articulated eyes, and a broad nose, with the upturned nozzle emerging from the open mouth. A looped finial on the forehead suggests the possibility of suspension, while another spout at the back facilitates filling. Such oil lamps reveal the diverse range of cultural influences present in the Roman world. They reflect the encounter between the Roman Empire and the peoples of Africa, highlighting the interconnectedness of different civilizations. The lamp's symbolism extends beyond its practical function, possibly representing exoticism, cultural curiosity, or even the commemoration of significant individuals from Africa. Functionally, these lamps served as a source of illumination, casting light through the open mouth and providing a practical and aesthetically pleasing lighting solution. They would have been used in various domestic and religious contexts, contributing to the ambiance and symbolic significance of the spaces in which they were placed.

Size: L:55mm / W:62mm ; 60g

Provenance: Private London collection; formerly acquired in the US in the 1990s.


Disclaimer:
All items will be shipped from Belgium.
The seller guarantees and can prove that the object was obtained legally.
The seller was informed by Catawiki that they had to provide the documentation required by the laws and regulations in their country of residence.
The seller guarantees and is entitled to sell/export this object.
The seller will provide all provenance information known about the object to the buyer.
The seller ensures that any necessary permits are/will be arranged.
The seller will inform the buyer immediately about any delays in obtaining such permits.
The seller will not ship outside the EU.

Seller's Story

All items will be posted very fast from our Belgium offices. We offer very cheap shipping and extremely fast delivery within all the EU. Please note the shipping costs also include the handling fee and packing material. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Authenticity: All items sold by Ancient Art & Coins are guaranteed to be authentic and as described or your money back. We have a combined experience of over 50 years of collecting and selling works of art and we collaborate with consultants, academics and laboratories from the field to ensure all objects sold are genuine. Important: Each winner will be charged reduced VAT percentage that is customary in the country to which the lot is shipped and Catawiki will pay the VAT collected directly to the buyer´s destination country Tax Authorities. Here are the reduced VAT rates for antiques: Belgium 5%, France 5.5%, Greece 6%, Germany 7%, Netherlands 9%, Italy 10%, Ireland 13.5%, Italy 10%, Luxembourg 8%, Spain 10%, Sweden 12%, Austria 10%, etc.
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