Roman Oil Lamp with Dolphin

Rotating image of a roman oil lamp

Rome, 2nd century CE
Terracotta
4 1/8" in length
Gift of Harvey and Deborah Breverman, 2013.HB.62

Signed on base: "NOVIUS", Marcus Novius Justus.

This lamp features an incised maker's mark on the bottom, which was typically reserved for respected lamp makers. Makers' marks could be created using molds, or, as in this case, by hand.


Additional Images


Maker's mark on the bottom of the lamp Close of up dolphin image on top of the lamp

Close up of the maker's mark

Close up of the top of the lamp