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Large Roman Oil Lamp with Griffin

Large Roman Oil Lamp with Griffin

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1391520

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Extemely Large Roman (North African) Oil Lamp with Griffin Motif, ca. 4th Century CE. 2" x 3 1/2" x 5", and in excellent condition. Ex: Archaeological Center, Tel Avia. Mold made with ring base and flat elongated knob handle. Collection number on reverse. This is an extremely lovely and large lamp. The griffin was a favorite decorative motif in the ancient Middle Eastern and Mediterranean lands. Probably originating in the Levant in the 2nd millennium BCE, the griffin had spread throughout western Asia and into Greece by the 14th century BCE. The Asiatic griffin had a crested head, whereas the Minoan and Greek griffin usually had a mane of spiral curls. It was shown either recumbent or seated on its haunches, often paired with the sphinx; its function may have been protective.