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A Late Roman Pottery Oil Lamp, Palestine or Syria, Late 4th - 5th Century AD

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Seller: clioantiquities (143) 100%, Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, Ships to: US, CA, Item: 132017703271 A Late Roman Pottery Oil Lamp CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Late Roman Palestine or Syria DATE: Late 4th to Early 5th Century AD DIMENSIONS: 9 cm (3.54 in.) long DESCRIPTION: Intact. A Late Roman pottery oil lamp of in fine pink to buff clay with some preserved reddish slip, featuring a thick thumb-shaped handle that is decorated on the back in impressed geometric designs, a large circular fill hole that is ornamented with raised lines and fine dot patterns, and a slightly concave base decorated with concentric circles. Minimal encrustation, carbon black at the wick hole from use. A fine example. 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 Rosenthal and Sivan, Ancient Lamps in the Schloessinger Collection, #s 403 and 404 for this type. Material: Pottery

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