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Ext. rare roman / byzantine oil lamp w animal fights!

Ext. rare roman / byzantine oil lamp w animal fights!

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Byzantine: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1222499
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An attractive ancient Late Roman-Christian oil lamp, dating to the 4th - 5th Century A.D. Type originating from the Holy land.

The lamp is decorated with an impressed design with animal fights in relief. Looks like a fight between a lion and a bull, a typical match up for animal fights. The base is decorated with concentric circles.

Lamps such as this were filled with olive oil in ancient times and lit by means of a thick wick, which protruded from the nozzle end.

Size: 95 mm. x 75 mm.

Condition: Superb - the lamp is uncleaned and the details of the animal fights will improve with gentle cleaning.

Ex Ex. Johan Dæhlfeldt Estate Collection - 40 years of collecting antiquities.