Seller: artemisgallery (669) 100%, Location: Louisville, CO, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381545573852 Adorable Roman Bronze Lamp Attachment - Mouse Rome, ca. 1st century CE. This adorable piece would have plugged a bronze lamp; it has been cast in the shape of a crouched mouse with his paws raised to his mouth, as if he is gnawing on a piece of bread. His curled tail forms a hole to which he would have been attached to the lamp to prevent the escape of any excess oil. Mice were a constant of Roman life (especially as Romans were not fans of cats) and the maker of this plug would have been acknowledging the very common problem of mice eating wicks and drinking lamp oil, a common complaint documented in many ancient texts. Mice also were a feature of Roman literature and art that depicted mice undertaking human activities proportional to their size. Size: 1.4" L x 1.9" W x 1" H (3.6 cm x 4.8 cm x 2.5 cm). #112444 Condition: Slight patina and some wear, but form and finer details are clear. Provenance: Ex-private New Jersey collection, acquired in 1980's. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. All items come with a Certificate of Authenticity Powered by eBay Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.