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  • Description

    Mould-made pottery lamp decorated on the discus with a grotesque stave-dancer. Within the raised base is an imitation inscription. Covered with an orange to brown slip. The face of the figure was damaged before firing.

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  • Date

    • 2ndC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Type series

    • Loeschcke VIII
    • Nozzle-form Cn.E1
    • Shoulder-form VIIb
  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 8.2 centimetres
    • Width: 7 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

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  • Bibliography

    • Museum Secretum M426 bibliographic details
    • Lamp Q2842 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    2010 Jan - April, Nottingham, Lakeside Arts Centre, The University of Nottingham, 'Roman Sexuality: Images, Myths and Meanings'
    2014 Feb-May, Brading Roman Villa, Isle of Wight, Roman Sexuality: Images, Myths and Meanings

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    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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