The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art Terracotta Oil Lamps Christopher S. Lightfoot

Publication date:
12 Oct 2021
Metropolitan Museum of Art
320 pages: 279 x 216mm
700 color illus.
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This comprehensive catalogue of ancient terracotta oil lamps found in Cyprus situates the objects within larger cultural and social contexts and elucidates their varied decoration

 The fourth catalogue in a series that documents the renowned Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art, this book focuses on the collection’s 453 terracotta oil lamps dating from the Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, and Early Byzantine periods. The rich iconography on many of these common, everyday objects offers a rare look into daily life on Cyprus in antiquity and highlights the island’s participation in Roman artistic and cultural production. Each lamp is illustrated, and the accompanying text addresses the objects’ typology, decoration, and makers’ marks while providing new insights into art, craft, and trade in the ancient Mediterranean.

Christopher S. Lightfoot is an independent scholar and was formerly curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.