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A Superb Byzantine Pottery Oil Lamp from the Holy Land, 6th Century AD

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Seller: clioantiquities (150) 100%, Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, Ships to: US, Item: 131997431159 Superb Byzantine Holy Land Pottery Oil Lamp CULTURE/REGION OF ORIGIN: Byzantine Palestine DATE: 500 - 700 AD DIMENSIONS: 9.65 cm (3.8 in.) long DESCRIPTION: This example is made from hard reddish clay and features a cross fourche (cross with forked arms) in low relief above the nozzle and fine transverse lines in relief all around the shoulder. It rests on a nearly flat circular base, features a short fin shaped vertical handle and has light lime encrustation only on the underside. The general type is thought to be from Samaria but related forms also occur in Jordan. Intact. 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 BSP14 for the general type. Material: Pottery, Provenance: Ownership History Available

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