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4th September 2009
I like the top lamp... the bottom one (froggy) I wouldn't touch... much too "pretty."
I'm going to go the opposite. The top one I'd by-pass without much hesitation.
The lamp at the top is one of a well known type of fake made in Syria.
As for "frog lamps" I think I've only seen fairly high relief moulded examples like this one.
Though I must admit I've not come across many really.
I did find this though:
Frog lamps show a great range of variety, some get very stylized. If you have
A few images of Egyptian frog lamps. Of course by no means do all have a frog on them as such actually.
From David K
The top lamp on your page (roughly circular with three wick-holes): this item is, as you noted, a modern Syrian tourist fake.
There is also another very similar example at the Boston MFA:
The Boston MFA image seems to be down occasionally but here is a copy of it I downloaded a few years ago:
But it varied considerably. On some lamps the shape formed in the mould was so fine that very little detailing needed to be added. On other lamps the moulded shape was so rudimentary (little more than a mere bump) that the decoration relied almost entirely on incisions quickly scratched into the clay by hand by the workman. Here is an example of the latter method: http://www.romulus2.com/lamps/database/lamp.php?76
The shape of the lamps themselves also varied. Some are almost globular, others are very nearly flat.
Thanks very much for that.
Needless to say, THIS is a very good place to buy ancient lamps.
David's website of course.
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