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A Large Hellenistic Wheel-Made Ceramic Oil Lamp

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Seller: clioantiquities (151) 100%, Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, Ships to: US, Item: 132018573169 14.00 A Large Hellenistic Wheel-Made Ceramic Oil Lamp CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Eastern Mediterranean, probably Ptolemaic Egypt DATE: Circa 300-200 BC DIMENSIONS: 12.7 cm (5.0 in.) long, 6 cm (2.36 in.) tall at the handle DESCRIPTION: Intact. A large ceramic oil lamp of the Hellenistic period, partly wheel made and partly mold made. The deep circular body rests on a concave raised ring foot and featured a sunken central opening, large side suspension lug that is pierced, short relatively flat nozzle and a high arching strap handle that is flat in section with a shallow groove down its exterior center. The walls are thick, leaving a relatively small container space inside. The fabric is fine micaceous clay with burnished red-brown slip. Very minor surface wear. A large and impressive example of an uncommon type. PROVENANCE: Formerly in the private teaching collection of Professor Jack Martin Balcer (1936-2004). Professor Balcer taught at Ohio State University for over 30 years. Known as “Dr. B” by generations of students, Balcer's research focused principally on the Athenian Empire, Greek numismatics and the cultural interactions between Greeks and non-Greeks in Western Asia Minor. He published many monographs and articles on these topics and was awarded research grants by the American Numismatic Society and Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies, among others. His vast photographic archive of ancient Greek coins, artifacts and archaeological sites in the eastern Mediterranean is today held by the library of OSU, Columbus. COMPARISONS: This type of Hellenistic lamp was made over a wide area of the eastern Mediterranean but the closest parallels seem to be Egyptian, specifically Ptolemaic. See the Petrie Museum of Egyptology, University College, London, accession number 54318, for a closely related example, very similar in every way, except that the maker has chosen to leave the side lug closed and move the air hole to the opposite shoulder of the lamp . Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Condition: Overall very well preserved. No damage or breaks., Provenance: Ownership History Available, Material: Ceramic

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