Ancient Roman Oil Lamps, 1st-5th century AD.
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Ancient Rome, c. 2nd century AD. Fantastic ceramic oil lamp with head of a bull. The body round with short rounded spout, the shoulder decorated with ovolo and set off from the discus by molded grooves. At the rear is a ring handle and on bottom a raised disc base. Intact with well-preserved brown slip. ex-Chicago, IL collection. #AR2203: $499

Ancient Roman, c. 1st - 2nd Century AD. Nice ceramic oil lamp with a running deer. The round body with sharp carination, two raised ridges around the discus and a raised disk base. The rounded spout decorated with volutes on the shoulder and with round wick-hole; single handle at back. L: 4 1/2" (11.4 cm). Some repair to the spout and light encrustation throughout. Traces of orange-brown slip. Ex Midwest private collection. #A12227: $325
Ancient Rome, 1st-2nd century AD. Redware oil lamp with a theatre mask! Mouldmade, central disk, with fill holes to either side of the mask, recessed within a tall border which runs along the spout to the wick hole. Outward sloping shoulders with two raised knobs. On base, maker’s mark OCTAVI within rings. 4” (102 mm) long. Minor restoration to nozzle neck, earthen encrustation. Nice! ref: Loeschcke pl. XVIII, no. 938. #0613203: $399

Roman North Africa, c. 4th-5th Century AD. Red-ware terracotta discus lamp with a large Chi-Rho (Christogram) depicted in the discus. The shoulder is decorated with small impressed lines and circles. Though the nozzle is lost, we can see that a channel would have run between the disc and nozzle, edged by ridges. There is a maker's mark on the underside in the form of a Silphium seed. The seed takes the form of the traditional heart shape and was used in antiquity as a seasoning and medicine. Silphium was also an important trade item for the North African city of Cyrene, which may place this lamp as being made in the city of Cyrene. L: 3 7/8" (10 cm). Ex English private collection. #AR2210: $325

Ancient Roman, 1st century AD. Attractive red-orange terracotta discus lamp with a rabbit! Shown within concave disk, set off by quadruple rim, ovolo around. The rabbit appears to hide beneath a branch. The nozzle is short and rounded, the base flat and set off by a raised ring. Intact, earthen deposits. 2 7/8" (7.4 cm). Ex English collection, acquired in the 1940's. #1011308: $475


Roman Gladiator Lamp! A Roman oil lamp depicting two Marmano gladiators, from the early 2nd Century AD. The rounded body with short rounded nozzle, narrow handle, shoulders set off from discus by molded ridge. On bottom, slightly raised circular disk. L: 3 3/4" (9.5 cm). Intact, minor chipping and earthen deposits over the orange-red slip. Ex Old German Private Collection. Fantastic and rare gladiator depiction! #AR2152: $975

Roman Egypt, c. 3rd - 4th Century AD. Nice orange-ware oil lamp. The shoulder decorated with radiating ridges around fill-hole with inward sloping rim, a rosette on spout, flat base set of by moulding. L: 3 1/4" (8.3 cm). Intact, light deposits. Lovely rosette. #AR2128x2: $225



Roman Egypt, 4th - 5th Century AD. Large terracotta discus oil lamp, depicting the confronted busts of goddess Isis and god Serapis! 4 3/4" (12.1cm) long. Spout still charred from use in antiquity! #61662: $350


Large Roman pottery oil lamp. 2nd-3rd century AD. Discus-type with heart-shaped spout. Decorated with a medallion, hunter attacking a boar. 101 mm (4 1/4 inches). Ex-private French collection, ex-Royal Athena Galleries, New York. #RA2953: $325

Eastern Mediterranean, 2nd century AD. Interesting terracotta oil lamp imitating a Roman type. The discus with a soldier or gladiator holding a weapon. 3 3/4". Rather crudely made and intact with earthen deposits. #272008x2: $199


Late Roman / Byzantine, c. 7th - 8th Century AD. Fantastic ceramic oil lamp with a cross! Decorated with laurel-wreath around the shoulder and beautiful cross between the wick and fill-hole. Small ring base and knob handle. L: 3 1/4" (8.3 cm). Cf. Bussière, Rivel Coll. No. 350. Intact and well-preserved. ex-J. Rilling private collection, Orange County, CA. #AB2010: $499

Late Roman / Byzantine, c. 7th - 8th Century AD. Fantastic ceramic oil lamp with a cross! Decorated with raised cross on spout, vertical ridges around the shoulder, small knob handle. (L: 4 1/2" (11.7 cm). Intact with light earthen deposits. ex-J. Rilling private collection, Orange County, CA. #AB2008: $450

Rome, c. 3rd - 4th Century AD. Nice red-ware Roman lamp. With deeply concave disk with stylized wreath on shoulders, the stippled pattern continuing down the side and onto the bottom. Two volutes above the rounded nozzle, pinched handle at back and flat base with concentric circles. L: 3 1/2" (8.9 cm). Intact, light wear to slip. Quite nice. #AR2127: $199 SOLD

Rome, 3rd - 4th Century AD. Attractive Roman orange buff lamp, with hole for lamp stand! Mouldmade, the body rounded with inward-sloping rim set off by molding, palm-fronds on each side of the shoulder, berries at back, short nozzle with rounded spout, raised disk base on bottom. L: 2 7/8" (7.3 cm). Intact with a rectangular hole at bottom from a lampstand. Ex Orange County private collection. #AR2124: $199

Ancient Rome, 1st - 2nd Century AD. Nice ceramic oil lamp. The rounded body with sharp carination, the deeply inset discus with central fill-hole, set off from the solder by molded grooves and a band of vertical ridges. On the sides are implied handles; the short spout with splayed nozzle with small volutes. On bottom, a small raised disc with central X. 3 1/4" (8.2cm). Intact with nice deep burned-red color. Ex West Sussex, England, private collection. #AR2211: $325

Ancient Rome, 2nd-3rd century AD. Terracotta oil lamp covered with depictions of wine grapes and grape vines. Outstanding! Perfect for a wine-lover's collection. Measures 90 mm (3 1/2 inches) long. ex-Malter Galleries, Encino, CA. #8544: $325


Ancient Rome, late 1st - 2nd Century AD. Nice red-ware oil lamp. Concave disk with an ovolo border, the rounded nozzle with pseudo-double-ended volutes. A ring handle with incised lines is placed at the rear and on bottom, a raised disk base with central cross design. L: 3 5/8" (9.2 cm). Intact, spout charred from use in antiquity! Ex Detroit private collection. #A152061: $325

Ancient Rome, c. 2nd - 3rd Century AD. Clay oil lamp decorated with the bust of Jupiter atop an eagle with spread wings, radiating lines in the fields. The shoulders are bare and the nozzle is short with rounded tip, an impressed notch where the nozzle joins the body. At back a simple pierced handle and on bottom an incised circle around a near flat base with large I at center. L: 2 5/8" (6.7 cm). Intact with traces of orange slip. Ex Detroit private collection. #A152062: $325

Roman Egypt, c. 3rd century AD. Nice ceramic Roman 'Frog' Lamp from Egypt. Of lentoid shape with stylized decoration, crude maker's mark on bottom. L: 3" (7.6 cm). Intact with light earthen deposits. ex-J. Rilling private collection, Orange County, CA. #AE2182: $199

Roman North Africa. Pottery oil lamp.
1st-2nd century AD. Depicts bust of a goddess facing left. Nice detail in hair and drapery! Beautiful radiant red coloration. 93 mm (3 5/8 inches) long. Ex-Royal Athena Galleries, New York. #RA2930: $325


Ancient Rome, c. 4th - 5th Century AD. Late Roman black-ware oil lamp, with long spout and tall handle. L: 3 1/2" (8.9 cm). Intact, light earthen deposits. #AR2126: $99






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Ancient Rome, 2nd-3rd century AD. Gorgeous redware oil lamp depicting a Legionnaire / soldier standing wearing a crested helmet and holding a spear and shield. Rare workshop signature COPPI-RES on base. Some loss to handle and a few repairs. 5 1/8" (12.9cm) long. Ex English collection; Ex Royal Athena Gallery, New York. #61661: $425 SOLD

Roman North Africa, 4th - 5th Century AD. Large redware terracotta lamp, mouldmade, with central medallion featuring the bust of Minerva, wearing helmet and aegis, within a decorative border. Raised, circular base. Some minor chipping to the handle and signs of use. 5.25" (13.3cm) long. Ex. English Private collection; Ex. Royal Athena Galleries, New York. #6159: $475 SOLD

Ancient Roman North Africa, c. 4th-5th Century AD. Attractive red-ware Terra Sigillata lamp with leaping lion, with convex lower part and flat top. Within the concave disk a lion leaps to right, raised leaf and star motif on shoulder, tongue handle. Impressed flat base with a molding and inner circle. 5 5/8" (14.3 cm). Minor chipping to handle, strong orange color and an attractive example! Ex old English private collection. #1011312: $499 SOLD

Ancient Rome, c. 2nd Century AD. Discus-type terracotta oil lamp, with plain discus and shoulder decorated with ovules, L: 3" (7.6 cm). Nice reddish-brown color, intact with nice eye-appeal. Ex New Jersey private collection. #A141752: $199 SOLD

Late Roman / Byzantine, c. 7th - 8th Century AD. Fantastic clay oil lamp with nice cross! Vertical ribbing on the shoulder and a channel around the fill-hole and wick-hole. Spout decorated with a tall cross on a pedestal, set within the channel. 3 5/8" (9.2 cm). Nice lamp, charred from use in antiquity. Ex Orange County private collection. Much nicer than photo! #AH2014X2: $450 SOLD


Roman discus lamp, 2nd Century AD. Without handle, decoration consisting of radiating lines, the spout rounded, low ring base. 3 1/8" (80 mm). Nice light white color with some earthen deposits. ex-Los Angeles, CA collection. #A132441: $199 SOLD

Rome, c. 1st Century AD. Nice orange-ware Roman discus lamp. Decorated with rosette within the discus, ring base and rounded nozzle with remains of soot from use in antiquity. L: 3 1/2" (8.9 cm). Intact, light earthen deposits. #AR2125: $199 SOLD

Ancient Rome, c. 2nd century AD. Terracotta disk lamp. Central discus decorated with winged Eros (Cupid), helmet as his feet. Part of handle broken in antiquity. Spout still charred from use in antiquity! 92 mm (3 1/2") long. #271029: $250 SOLD


Roman North Africa, c. 4th - 5th century AD. Beautiful red-ware oil lamp decorated with a standing robed goddess, right arm raised. Nicely impressed decorative elements on rim. Tip of handle missing. 115 mm (4 1/2") long! Ex-Royal Athena Galleries, New York. #271031: $350 SOLD

Ancient Rome, c. 2nd Century AD. Nice terracotta oil lamp. Depicts a pectin shell in the discus, fine ovolo border around the edges and a thick ring base. 3 1/2" (8.9 cm). Intact. Ex old English private collection. #1011315-1: $275 SOLD

Ancient Rome, 2nd-3rd century AD. Fantastic redware oil lamp. Discus decorated with a stunning depiction of Helios. Intact with high looped handle. A beauty! Ex-Coincraft, London. 4 1/2" (114 mm) long. Excellent! #jk72015: $399 SOLD

Roman pottery oil lamp. 1st-2nd century AD. Discus-type lamp decorated with the bust of a god, probably Zeus, in profile. Striking detail and lovely earthen patina. Measures 102 mm (4 inches). Ex-old English collection, ex-Royal Athena Galleries, New York. #RA2853: $425 SOLD

Roman North Africa, 1st - 2nd Century AD. Awesome oil lamp showing an execution in the circus! Mouldmade terracotta lamp with remains of brown slip. Depicts an execution in the circus (damnation ad bestias). A panther leaps right, looking back, over a prone figure laying below. 4" (10.2 cm) long. Ex German collection; Ex. Royal Athena Gallery, New York. #6154: $450 SOLD

Early Christian symbolism! Gorgeous Roman orange-ware ceramic lamp from North Africa, c. 4th - 5th Century AD. The top decorated with a fish within the concave disk, fill-holes to either side. The shoulder decorated with geometric devices, channel nozzle, pinched handle and ring base with concentric circles at center. L: 4 1/2" (11.6 cm). Intact, light deposits, carbon deposits on slip. Ex Suffolk, England Private Collection. An absolutely iconic very early Christian relic! #AR2163: $950 SOLD

Ancient Rome, 2nd-3rd century AD.
Nice terracotta oil lamp. Depicts a smiling child's face in the central medallion, maker's mark "COMVNI" on bottom! Spout still charred from use in antiquity! Lovely red-orange coloration, some surface scratches and root marks but otherwise quite pleasing. 78 mm (2 7/8"). #4601: $275
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Ancient Rome, Central Italian, c. 175 - 225 AD. Attractive Roman terracotta oil lamp with a fish and maker's mark. The lamp is mold made with circular body and short rounded nozzle, heart-shaped on its upper surface, a ring handle at the rear. The angled shoulder is separated from the discus by a substantial single molding, a central filling hole with air vent below. On the discus, a nicely detailed fish. On base, maker's mark LVCCEI within a raised disk, a sunken ovule above and below. L: 4 3/8" (11.1 cm). Handle with some repair, earthen encrustation. #861211: $350 SOLD

Incredible ancient Roman oil lamp, 1st-3rd century AD. Large discus-lamp with a central figure of a standing goddess in long robes. Detailed maker's mark on bottom! Outstanding. 106 x 90 mm. #8655: $240 SOLD

Fine Roman discus lamp with Eros, 1st - 2nd Century AD. Mould-made, reddish buff, with slightly concave discus featuring Eros (Cupid) with wings open, drawing bow and arrow. Filling hole off center, with small air vent in nozzle channel. Nozzle wide, with splayed top. Impressed flat base. 2 7/8" (7.4 cm) long. Intact, spout still charred from use in antiquity! #18556: $375 SOLD

Roman Christian oil lamp, 4th-6th century AD. Decorated with a nice cross on the short, raised handle. Two-piece construction, top and bottom mold-made and affixed in ancient times. Spout still burned from use in antiquity. ex-Malter Galleries, Encino, CA, USA. 110 mm long. #514: $325 SOLD
Roman North Africa, 4th - 5th Century AD. Attractive red-ware oil lamp. The central concave disk decorated with a stylized palm tree flanked by filling-holes, channel running between disk and nozzle. Shoulder decorated with channel containing impressed rosette and concentric circles. Pinched handle and raised disk base. Nozzle with poorly done repairs, some restoration to top of handle. L: 5 1/4" (13.4 cm). Ex property from the collection of Joseph Klein (1899-1987), New York City. #AR2162

Roman North Africa, 4th - 5th Century AD. Great red-ware oil lamp. The central concave disk with stylized palm device flanked by filling-holes, channel running between disk and nozzle. Shoulder decorated with channel containing impressed rosette and concentric circles. Pinched handle and raised disk base. Light repair to spout and top of handle. L: 5 1/4" (13.4 cm). Ex property from the collection of Joseph Klein (1899-1987), New York City. Mr. Klein sought out and acquired these souvenirs as part of his vast collecting interests. Said to have collected in the manner of an 18th century connoisseur, his overall collection showcased his diverse array of artifacts acquired over a period of 45 years and included the art of ancient China, Egypt, Persia, Greece and Rome. #AR2162: $550 SOLD