The central image (transposed here into bronze) on this lamp, is from the tondo of a red-figure kylix (drinking cup) by the Oedipus painter.
Oedipus ponders the riddle of the sphinx, which was: 'What walks on four legs at dawn, two at noon and three at dusk?' (Man) Oedipus solved the riddle and the sphinx, in despair at being outwitted, hurled herself from a rock to her death. The original is in the Vatican Museum and dates to ca 500BC.
It is 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 Oedipus and the sphinx
- Code: BL-01
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £125.00