A RARE BYZANTINE TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP

A RARE BYZANTINE TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Byzantine: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1323052

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c. 5th -6th Century CE

An excellent example of its type, this lamp is circular in form with a cone shaped handle and seven wick holes. The central band around the fill hole and upper part of the secondary band contain a Greek inscription. Although the inscription is largely illegible, it most likely is an blessing of the Virgin Mary. The lamp stands on a ring base, inside which are two seven-pointed stars in relief.

In very fine condition.

3.5 x 3.5 x 1.57 inches (9 x 9 x 4 cm)

From an American collection. Ships from the United States.

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References:

Stanislao Loffreda, "Light and Life: Ancient Christian Oil Lamps of the Holy Land"(Jerusalem: 2001), pg. 41; fig. 85, 85a.

Rosenthal and Sivan,Ancient Lamps in the Schloessinger Collection, Qedem 8, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1978