DECORATED POTTERY OIL LAMP
BYZANTINE, 6TH CENT. AD
Beautiful decorative patterns composed of lines, flat base bearing a large palm branch on the base, high curved handle and inscriptions on the sides related to magic.
Length: 10 cm
Width: 6 cm
Condition: Handle chipped as shown otherwise intact as found
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Baggatti(1970) believed that the handle terminated in a horse's head suggested a relation with the Lurestan bronzes.
Our lamp, however, has a different animal's head. Baggati further stated that the lamps were introduced by the PERSIANS in A.D 614 - 630.
Ref. QEDEM, Monographs of the Institute of Archaeology - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (8) 1978. Page Number. 139