Dogs were a common depiction on oil lamps. Being amongst the first animal to be domesticated, humans have had a longstanding relationship with dogs. This oil lamp depicts the loyal and loving relationship between man and his best friend. It does not feature any burn marks, meaning that it was most likely devoted as an offering or placed in a tomb.
Miniature Roman North African Oil Lamp with a Dog
A smaller-sized Roman redware oil lamp from North Africa. It features a pyriform shaped body, with a central decorated discus, shallow shoulders and a lug handle to the rear.
The discus features two filling holes and is decorated with a dog. He is shown with his head bent, sniffing at the ground.
Provenance: From the collection of Arno Jumpertz, Leverkusen, Germany, 1924-1984. Much of the collection was exhibited at Neus museum, 1985.
Condition: Very fine. Some loss of glaze to handle.