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A Byzantine Pottery Oil Lamp with Cross, 6th to Early 7th Century AD

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Seller: clioantiquities (144) 100%, Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, Ships to: US, Item: 131989012881 CULTURE/REGION OF ORIGIN: Byzantine Palestine DATE: 6th - Early 7th Century AD DIMENSIONS: 8.6 cm (3.40 in.) long for the larger example DESCRIPTION: This is a well preserved example of a popular pottery oil lamp type in the early Byzantine Levant, formed from buff to grey clay with a thin dusty layer of lime encrustation. It has a spike handle and high relief decoration of a vine on the shoulders. A cross in relief decorates the space between the fill hole and wick hole. The undecorated base is a raised circle. Intact but for some slight surface flaking. PROVENANCE: Formerly in a Colorado private collection, assembled by a United Nations staffer while working in the Middle East in the mid-1960s, thence by descent to the most recent owner. COMPARISONS: See the RomQ Reference Collection online, Reference BSP8 for an example of this type. Condition: See full description below., Material: Pottery, Provenance: Ownership History Available

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