"Fishbourne" and "Vintium" Oil Lamps

Roman

replicas: hand-crafted from original lamps at ancientlamps.com

date of the originals: mid-first century AD

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.