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6D. Interesting oil lamp from named expert collection

 
 
 
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Byzantine Christian lamp with face on handle

Period: Byzantine

Origin: Probably northern Levant (Antioch area)

Date: late 5th - 6th century AD

A well-documented type from this region, the thick trangular handle of this example features a human face. The faces on these lamps clearly have a Christian significance but their identity is uncertain.

The body of the lamp is typical of the type: waisted top surface, steep shoulders and ring base. On this example a few traces of the dark red slip have survived on the mould join and elsewhere.

Manufacture: Mouldmade

Size: L. 11.3 cm

Notes:
Cf. Israeli & Avida, 475;  Djuric, C271.

Comments:
Although this is well-documented type, those actually bearing faces are quite rare.

Exported from Israel in October 2006.

Ex collection David Knell.

Worth vsiting his website.
http://www.romulus2.com/lamps/index.shtml
Price: 145 GBP

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