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Artist

Unknown Artist (Roman)

Title

Lamp Showing an Acrobat Jumping over a Bear

Creation Date

2nd century

Century

2nd century

Dimensions

1 1/8 in. x 4 7/16 in. (2.8 cm. x 11.3 cm.)

Object Type

ceramic

Creation Place

Ancient Mediterranean, Roman

Medium and Support

molded clay

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Dana C. Estes h 1898

Copyright

Public Domain

Accession Number

1902.4
The connection between circular compositions and movement was not lost on the artist who designed the mold for this lamp. A bear, its hind feet firmly planted on the rim of the lamp’s circular disk, charges after an acrobat who keeps just ahead of the beast with his elegant flip. One can imagine turning the lamp by hand and seeing the pursuit in motion.

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