Early Christian Oil Lamp with Cross

Culture: Roman
Period: 5th century A.D.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 10 cm long
Price: 600 Euro
Ref: 7045
Provenance: German private collection Claus-Eberhard Schultze, Berlin, Germany.
Condition: Intact
Description: Beautifully formed terracotta oil lamp with a long nozzle and a magnificent cross with broadening ends. Above between the horizontal crossbeams rosettes. Below between the beams the two pouring holes. At the intersection of the crossbeams and at the beam ends concentrical circles. On the shoulder abundant relief decoration, amongst them frogs as symbol of resurrection, as well as fish and wine leaves on both sides. Lug handle to the rear with a central rib. A rare form.