Roman Oil Lamp with Peacock and Pomegranates

£ 500.00

An Ancient Roman red terracotta oil lamp, featuring a volute canal nozzle and a concave discus with one filling hole. The discus is finely decorated with the moulded high-relief depiction of a peacock standing with bent legs on a pomegranate tree branch. Peacocks were a popular decorative motif in Ancient Roman repertoire, usually found on mosaics and wall frescos. Peacocks were believed to be a symbol of eternity and renewal and they were also kept as domestic animals by the wealthy Romans.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd Century AD
Condition: Fine, complete and intact. The item is mounted on a custom made stand, ideal for display.


Product Code: RES-75
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The combination of a peacock and pomegranates, as depicted on this fine oil lamp, can be referred to the Roman goddess Juno, know in Greek culture as Hera. In Roman culture and religion, Juno was the wife of Jupiter and the queen of the gods, usually depicted on a chariot drawn by peacocks, her sacred animal, and holding a sceptre capped with a pomegranate, symbol of fertility and marital love. Terracotta statuettes depicting Juno, sitting on a throne while holding a pomegranate, have been recovered across South Italy.

To discover more about the ancient origins of oil lamps, visit our relevant post: Oil Lamps in Antiquity.

Dimensions L 9.5 cm

Southern Europe



Roman Mythology


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