A Ceramic Oil Filler in the Form of a Duck
Ducks and other water birds are found throughout Roman mythology, so the choice of a duck to take the shape of this oil filler would have been an instantly recognizable symbol in the religion and stories of the day. The remarkable details and bold curves that make up this wonderful piece are made all the more evident by the wonderful condition of this oil filler.
The magnificent patterns of the duck’s feathers and the graceful curvature of the bird’s neck and beak capture beautifully the grace and splendor of this ancient bird. Audubon himself would have been proud to know that the artists of Ancient Rome took pains to create such a fine objects such as this. This piece dates approximately from 200 AD – 300 AD