100–1 BCE
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Overall: 137.4 cm (54 1/8 in.)
Location: not on view
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This lamp and stand were not found together, but illustrate how they would have been used in antiquity.


This bronze is a candelabrum, or ancient lamp stand. A long, fluted column extends from a base on lion or panther paw feet, with ivy leaves between. Atop the column sits a miniature bronze krater, a mixing vessel for wine, with a circular top which supports a separately made lamp. Wealthy Romans would light their homes with bronze oil lamps. The small, portable lamps would be placed on lampstands like this one to light larger spaces.


100–1 BCE

Italy, Roman

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