A mythological symbol across many cultures (including Semitic, Mesopotamian and Greek), the Tree of Life offered immortality to those who partook of its fruit. The Tree represented a fresh start, positive energy, good health, and a bright future. A tree grows old, yet it bears seeds that contain its very essence, with the tree attaining immortality in this way.
Provenanced North African Lamp with Tree of Life
A Roman redware pottery oil lamp. The discus is finely decorated with the Tree of Life in the centre of the discus, within a perimeter of geometric designs. The handle is solid, and the lamp stands on a low ring base.
Provenance: From the collection of Arno Jumpertz, Leverkusen, Germany, 1924-1984. Much of the collection was exhibited at Neus museum, 1985.
Condition: Very Fine condition generally; a large crack underneath the nozzle repaired