Lamp manufacturers first started to produce the large decorative rear handles around the beginning of the 1st century AD, from the late Republican to early Augustan period. Within mainland Italy their production diminished around the end of the 1st century, however in more provincial regions of the Roman Empire the type continued to be made into the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.
Roman Acanthus Palm Lamp Handle
A fragmentary brown-glazed terracotta handle from the rear of an oil lamp. The handle is mold-made and decorated with an acanthus palmette decoration in relief. The reverse has been left plain.
Stand not included with item.
Provenance: Found at Karnak, Egypt. From the collection of Arno Jumpertz, Leverkusen, Germany, 1924-1984. Much of the collection was exhibited at Neus museum, 1985.
Condition: Broken off at the juncture with the lamp