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An Early Christian/Byzantine Oil Lamp, 4th - 7th century AD - Sands of Time Ancient Art
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An Early Christian/Byzantine Oil Lamp, 4th - 7th century AD

Syro-Palestinian type; this mould-made ovoid shape lamp has a flat rim around the filling-hole, raised rim around the filling hole and the inner edge of the shoulder with radiating ribs filling the space from the ridge to the carination.  A slightly raised image of a cross sits between the filling-hole and the wick-hole.   At the rear is a triangular handle.  Reference: Srdjan Djuric, Ancient Lamps from the Mediterranean (Toronto) 1995. Catalogue C308.

Condition: Intact and in excellent condition whith only minor wear to the surface.  Modern identification numbers applied in black pigment to the base.

Dimensions: Length 4.5 inches (11.4 centimeters)

Provenance: Private diplomat collection, Virginia, acquired in the 1960's when based overseas.

 

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