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Unique old Syrian black stone figural oil lamp,

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Unique old Syrian black stone figural oil lamp,
A unique object and carved with great skill from a very hard black stone is this working figural oil lamp. Possibly representing Dagon the fish god. This sculptural oil lamp has all the signs of considerable age. All the scratching from the use of chisel and primitive tools are there. Also there's a drilled hole behind the head to hang the lamp with a cord to the wall to prevent it from falling and breaking when not in use. I've seen some oil lamps offered by galleries which have some resemblance but they lack the workmanship you find in this lamp. There are even some made of a resin. Putting a date on this lamp is not easy and should be done for instance by experts in carbon dating. But I wouldn't be at all surprised if this lamp dates back over 2000 years. The place of origin could be Northern Syria, The South of Turkey or even Palestinia. Because I'm not certain of the exact age of this item I'm offering it as an old sculptural oil lamp of fine quality. If it is as old as I think it is the lamp is of great cultural and historical importance. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have in regards to this beautifull lamp. L. 6"5 or 16.5 cm.

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