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MT1503

A large terracotta Shell-type Oil Lamp, Persian Period, ca. 500 BC

From the great Persian empire, a rare wheel-made lamp of orangish/buff clay, wet-smoothed, the convex sides pinched in to form a large triangular wick rest, smooth, rounded base. Also known as "cocked hat" or "saucer" lamps.

Condition:  Crack to the rim otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.

Dimensions:  Length: 7.5 in (19 cm), Width: 6.5 in (16.5 cm) 

Provenance:  Private Washington, DC collection acquired in the 1960's and then by descent. Old label with auction/catalogue number: 215 attached. 

 

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