Oil-lamp with an image of Isis and Serapis

Oil-lamp with an image of Isis and Serapis

The round oil-lamp is damaged, its nozzle is missing. The central medallion contains the busts of Isis and Sarapis facing each other. Her hair, without a bun, descends in waves to her shoulders. She wears a lotus flower on her head as a determinative. Sarapis is to the right, his hair combed toward the face in a "leafy motif". His beard is full. He wears a kalathos on his head, but not a radial crown. While typologically identical to the preceding example, this oil-lamp differs from it in numerous details. The meaning of the central image- Isis and Sarapis gazing at each other- is also indentical. The meaning of the motifs has been explained in the preceding entry.


Catalogue entry

Round oil-lamp from terracotta with an image of Isis and Serapis
Archaeological Museum Zadar, Zadar
Inv. no. AMZd A-10184; old inv. nos. I.a. 1383/2, t.k. 4427, L.878, 375
Nin (Aenona)
Roman Empire, 2nd half of the 2nd c. A.D.
terracotta: baked earth, moulding
8.8 x 3.4 x 7.7 cm
archaeological excavation


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