"Fishbourne" and "Vintium" Oil Lamps
replicas: hand-crafted from original lamps at ancientlamps.com
date of the originals: mid-first century A.D.
provenance of the originals: unknown
description: Two terracotta oil lamps. Each: length 8.5 cm.
“Fishbourne” Oil Lamp (top)
This oil lamp is decorated with a common Roman motif - a cupid playing a flute while riding a dolphin. This image is widespread in the Roman world, having been found, for example, at Fishbourne in England. This lamp is the base for the “Vintium” lamp.
“Vintium” Oil Lamp (bottom)
This oil lamp is modeled after the same original as the “Fishbourne” oil lamp. It is decorated with another Roman motif, a cluster of grapes.