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Lot 2251

Red-glazed Lamp with Classic Lovemaking Scene. Roman, late 1st-2nd century AD. Lamp well crafted, with short ovate nozzle, flanked by paired scrolls; bordering discus, a pattern of tongue and ovolo motifs, alternating with spiked projection. Discus has couple on draped couch, the man is on his knees and cradling his partner while lifting her right leg. Maker's initials on base: FA. Fine style, although details are typically soft. The lamp well preserved, with most of red-brown slip intact. Modest soot stains at nozzle. Some calcareous patina, mostly on lamp's underside. Cf. Pompeii, invent. no. 27862. Length: 3-3/8". A very pleasing lamp.
Estimated Value $750 - 950.


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