Provenanced Roman Lamp with Stag

£ 295.00

A Roman pottery oil lamp with a volute nozzle and large central discus. The discus is decorated with a leaping stag, framed by concentric circles, and stands on a very slightly raised base.

Date: Circa 70-120 AD
Provenance: From the collection of Arno Jumpertz, Leverkusen, Germany, 1924-1984. Much of the collection was exhibited at Neus museum, 1985.
Condition: Fine. Areas of professional repair. Chipped area to the reverse.


SKU: AS-3693 Category: Tags: ,

In classical mythology, the deer or stag was associated with the ancient Greek goddess, Artemis (or her Roman counterpart, Diana), in her role as the virginal huntress. One popular myth tells the story of the hero Actaeon, who, after witnessing the goddess bathing, was turned into a stag. He was chased by his own hunting hounds and perished.

Such a lamp could have been given as an offering to Artemis, or belonged to a young hunter, thereby evoking the goddess’s protection and guidance.

For more information about the meanings of animals in Roman art, see our relevant blog post: Animal Symbolism in Roman Art.

Weight 50 g
Dimensions L 9.2 cm
Pottery and Porcelain


Roman Mythology