North African Red Slipware lamp fragment, the shoulder depicting extremely rare portrait bust. The discus showing part of nude figure holding a bunch of grapes (see Dejean, L93 for complete discus motif).
Length 8.0 cm (3¼")
Hayes Type IIa.
The portrait bust may represent Aelia Eudocia, wife of Theodosius II, the Byzantine emperor whose coins were used as moulds for other lamps of this type (see BMC III, Q1766).
Ex Woolley & Wallis, 2018, lot 43.
Ex George and Florangel Lambor collection, Hove, East Sussex. George Lambor (1927-1997) was a passionate antiquarian and founded the Antiquities Dealers Association in 1981.
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