Roman Oil Lamp: Fish


Roman Oil Lamp: Fish

An ancient Roman pottery oil lamp with a large fish, a prominent early Christian symbol, in the center, surrounded by a swirling floral pattern.

North African Red-Ware,
Terra Sigillata Africana.
Ca. 450-500 AD.
Length: 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm).

From the 1st century AD onward, North African red-slip ware production expanded greatly and began to replace Italian Terra Sigillata pottery, and compete with Gallic wares in Southern France. Nova Karthago was the center of production but smaller factories soon cropped up throughout Numidia and Byzacena.

Formerly in an Arizona private collection; previously in the Michael Shubin collection; acquired at Superior Auction Gallery, Beverly Hills, California, 1970s.

Inv#: 6380


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