Lamp with panther head

A bronze lamp made by the lost wax technique, with the body, or infundibulum, in the form of a long guitar shape. Decorated with a handle curves upwards from the back end with a flower where the head of a panther comes out.

Ancient Roman lamps were small utensils, normally made from clay, but also made in bronze, which were used by the ancient Romans and later by the Visigoths to provide artificial light. They were fueled by olive oil and had from one to a dozen wicks. Some had handles so they could be moved easily from one room to another. They could also be carried by participants in ritual activities or by actors in plays, as is the case with this piece, as can be seen by the theatre mask terminal decoration.

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