Signed Roman Oil Lamp of Chariot Racer Item Number: 1080218 - For Sale
Signed Roman Oil Lamp of Chariot Racer Item Number: 1080218
Roman Empire, ca 2nd century, of North African origins. Lovely terracotta oil lamp showing charioteer racing his steed in what was a very dangerous profession. Chariteers were stars in the day and commanded great respect, fame, and attention from the ladies! Brown finish. It is signed on the back by the maker - 'MNOVIVST'. This is a well-known oil lamp manufacturer, Marcus Novius Justus, who operated a workshop in what is now Tunisia in North Africa. We know that his workshop lasted from approximately 120-180 AD and that his 'brand' was so highly revered that counterfeit workshops existed in other parts of the empire! Intact/excellent condition.