Oil lamp

This lamp was described by its collector as ‘Buff-coloured; length 4.5 in. Relief: Cupid riding on bridled dolphin surrounded by dolphin, lobster, cuttle-fish, crab, three fish, pecten and whelk. On bottom SAECVL (Saeculares), incuse. Lamps so marked are supposed to have been made for use during the Secular Games, and these were celebrated in AD 88 and 248 under Philippus Senior. The latter date seems most probable for this lamp, though the pattern had already come in temp. Domitian’. It belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Montague who collected over 800 classical archaeological objects, which he bequeathed to the museum on his death.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
oil lamp
Simple Name
Full Name
oil lamp depicting Cupid riding dolphin
length 110 mm; W 85 mm; TH 45 mm
Cultural Group
Period Classification
Roman Imperial - 31 BC-476 AD
Production Date
Family Group

Collector / Excavator
Montague, LAD, Lieutenant Colonel
Collection Continent

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