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Early Byzantine Pottery Oil Lamp, Circa 500 - 650 AD

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Seller: clioantiquities (144) 100%, Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, Ships to: US, Item: 131998533270 Early Byzantine Pottery Oil Lamp, Levantine, Circa 6th - Early 7th Century AD CULTURE/REGION OF ORIGIN: Late Roman and Byzantine Syria and Palestine DATE: 6th - 7th Century AD DIMENSIONS: 7.6 cm (3.0 in.) long DESCRIPTION: This Byzantine pottery oil lamp is mold made and formed from buff to gray clay with a thin layer of lime encrustation. It has a spike handle and relief decoration of a vine with leaves on the shoulders, with a small cross in low relief just above the nozzle. The base is a simple raised circle. Intact, with soot on the nozzle from use. A well preserved example of a popular pottery oil lamp type in the early Byzantine Levant. 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 Condition: See full description below., Material: Pottery, Provenance: Ownership History Available

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