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Ancient Roman Holy Land Pottery Oil Lamp, Circa AD 400

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Seller: clioantiquities (143) 100%, Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, Ships to: US, Item: 132017694643 CULTURE/REGION OF ORIGIN: Late Roman Syria or Palestine DATE: Circa 400 AD DIMENSIONS: 9.7 cm (3.82 in.) long DESCRIPTION: This late Roman pottery oil lamp is formed of buff to pink clay and has a high squared handle decorated with vertical lines inside a square, while the area around the fill hole is decorated with short strokes radiating from a circle around the hole. The slightly raised circular base is plain. Intact, with soot at the wick hole from use and a thin layer of sandy encrustation all over. A good example of a type that was widespread in the broader Syria / Palestine / Levant region during the late Roman period. 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" numbers 503 and 504. For the early Islamic type, see the Israel Antiquities Authority Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for National Treasures database online, IAA Numbers 1999-1993 and 1999-1984. Condition: See full description below., Material: Pottery, Provenance: Ownership History Available

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