Pair of Ceramic Zoomorphic Oil Fillers
In ancient Rome, fire meant more than just warmth on a cold night. It was the sole source of light at night, provided sizzle to the meat at a feast, and heated the baths of Emperors and commoners alike. These oil fillers held the fuel used for all of the above, while their playful design shows how fundamental fire was for Rome’s ancient inhabitants.
These pieces were made during the Middle Roman Period of approximately 100 AD – 300 AD and are in good condition. The horses’ strong features remain strong and clear, while their stiff manes are still smartly crested and unyielding.