A Roman oil lamp with a Medusa head

A large Roman bronze oil lamp with a curved handle finishing in a large applique depicting the head of the goddess Medusa, one of the three monstrous Gorgons. The horizontal body is perched on a round foot. At the rounded end of the base a handle is attached curving towards the other end of the base, abruptly ending in a vertically positioned large head of the goddess. She is wearing a headdress and her mouth is opened. The volute nozzle at the end of the base has an opening in the middle for the fuse. Bronze, first century AD.

Private Dutch collection

Overal length: 26 cm., width: 10,5 cm., height: 18 cm.


A fraction is repaired in the handle, a small hole is repaired on the underside of the base.