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Late Roman Pottery Oil Lamp, AD 400, Holy Land

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Seller: clioantiquities (143) 100%, Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, Ships to: US, Item: 132011034247 CULTURE/REGION OF ORIGIN: Late Roman Syria or Palestine DATE: Circa 350 - 400 AD DIMENSIONS: 11.5 cm (4.52 in.) long DESCRIPTION: This rather elegant example is formed of pink clay and is piriform in shape with a greatly elongated handle with a cross in low relief at its base, pellet decoration on the shoulders, geometric decoration just above the nozzle, palm branch design in relief just underneath the nozzle and a prominent star burst geometric decoration at the center of a double circle (maker's mark) on the flat oval base. The resemblance of this maker's mark to a cross is probably accidental and may have nothing to do with a Christian context, as similar maker's marks are widespread. Intact but for some minor 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 BSP9 for a similar example. Condition: See full description below., Material: Pottery, Provenance: Ownership History Available

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