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Roman 'catacomb' lamp
275 – 400 AD
Loeschcke Type VIII pottery lamp with concentric bands of raised pellets on shoulder (
). Solid handle with indentations on each side.
L. 9.0 cm
Encrusted surface, two small holes in base (central hole probably made for mounting in modern times).
Cf. BMC II, Q1423-5; Bailey, 14c; Schäfer, 57-8; Szentléleky, 180; Mlasowsky, 431-3; Boston, 88.582; Hoff, 238.
The popular name for this type of lamp derived from several examples found in the ancient catacombs of Rome. The type has also been found in the limes area of western Europe.
An interesting type produced in Italy at a time when the western Roman Empire was increasingly under threat and examples are rarely found on the commercial market.
From a private English collection.
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