Roman Decorated Terracotta Oil Lamp circa 1st – 2nd century AD. From the Romano Greek influenced period, here we have a stunning rare oil lamp. Made from terracotta, this lamp is in excellent condition for an artefact which is almost 2000 years old. The dish of the lamp portrays a battle scene of "Odysseus slaying the suitors". The Greek inscription on the lamp below the scene names Odysseus. The scene depicts a bowman, Odysseus pulling back the bow, there is a soldier in the background with a spear, and in the right bottom corner is a crouching captive begging for his life. The lamps were filled with olive oil and a wick inserted into the spout, they were used as a daily light source. Plain lamps being as common as our light bulb. Lamps were also used as funerary items to bring light to the afterlife. This particular lamp is exceptional showing a rare depiction. A fantastic display item. 115mm x 75mm.