This oil lamp is decorated with two bulls and has a serpent's head handle.
To the ancient Greeks, the bull was a symbol of power, virility and strength. It was a particularly potent image in the culture of the Minoans, who represented it in their frescoes and sculpture. It was associated with Poseidon, the elemental god of the sea.
As a symbol of healing and protection, the serpent was associated with the cult of Asklepios, god of medicine. The Greeks feared it for its tremendous powers, but it was also revered as a defender and guardian. It was a symbol of regeneration and renewal, and the Romans later regarded it as representing the spirit (or 'genius') of the family. More on the symbolism of the serpent in INSIGHTS on our archived Wordpress site.
This lamp cast for us, in Greece, using the traditional 'lost wax' method. As nothing is mass-produced, there will inevitably be slight variations in patination and colouring. Each piece is, therefore, unique.
These oil lamps are made for decorative purposes, as the casting process for our bronzes invariably results in the odd hole. However many customers over the years have used them to great effect, so please do check before using.
bronze oil lamp with bull motif
- Code: BL-03
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £41.67