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Antique Bronze Roman Oil Lamp With Soldier/Gladiator Motif

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    Posted 9 months ago

    krysciobrad
    (132 items)

    Found this at a thrift store. The employees, nor I didn’t know what it was. So I bought it. A small bit of research and I can across the Roman oil lamps. I’m not an expert on ancient Roman bronze so I don’t know whether it’s old or a replica. It measures 5 3/4” long with a 2 7/8” width, also weighs 337 grams. It has a good amount of graining and oxidation to the patina. Some small hole/slits (from age?). The top has what appears to be a couple soldiers or gladiators in there armor with there weapons and shields. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. keramikos, 8 months ago
      krysciobrad,

      Dunno whether it's antique, or a modern reproduction, but it's rather perfect-looking, and unsigned. Old or new, it's pretty cool. :-)

      Here's some information about the history of Greco-Roman oil lamps, part identification, etc.:

      https://www.forumancientcoins.com/NumisWiki/view.asp?key=lamp

      https://www.colat.org.uk/_assets/doc/news_snorl-handbook.pdf

      https://www.mpm.edu/research-collections/anthropology/anthropology-collections-research/mediterranean-oil-lamps/description-and-history-oil-lamps

      Modern reproductions:

      https://theancienthome.com/products/bronze-oil-lamp
    2. krysciobrad krysciobrad, 8 months ago
      Keramikos, thanks for the info!
    3. keramikos, 8 months ago
      krysciobrad, You're welcome. :-)

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