A Roman brown terracotta oil lamp. The discus shows a boar running to left above a horizontal club. Ring handle to rear; plain base.
Circa 2nd century AD.
Complete: VeryFine condition.
Length 10.6 cms (4.2 ins).
The representation of the boar and the club refers to Hercules' Twelve Labours. As his Fourth Labour, Hercules was sent to Psophis, in western Arcadia, to defeat and capture the terrible Erymanthian boar, a mythical creature that took the form of a shaggy, tameless boar of vast weight and foaming jaws.
Roman lamp with the Erymanthian boar
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