Large Roman Bronze Oil Lamp with a Reflector

(Italy, 19th Century)

Large Roman Bronze Oil Lamp with a Reflector


A beautiful and very rare Grand Tour period double oil lamp with excellent detail and featuring a reflector in the form of a bat with outstretched wings, cast in a mold created from the original antiquity that currently resides in The National Archaeological Museum, Naples, Italy (c. 79 AD). The lamp has a rich, 19th c. applied verdigris patina simulating antiquity, and it could actually function as an oil lamp if desired.

Interestingly, the bat itself is referred to as 'ithyphallic' because if you look closely, one will notice that the bat has an erect penis with testicles. Oh, those ancient Romans!

A wonderful, rare, and highly decorative piece of Grand Tour art.

WIDTH: 13¼ in | HEIGHT: in | DEPTH: in

Origin Italy
Category Bronze
Period 19th Century
Style Neoclassical
ConditionVery good

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