Holy Land Terracotta Oil Lamp from the Byzantine Period

GBP 122.00

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Object Description

A Byzantine moulded terracotta lamp, most commonly known as a slipper lamp. The decoration of the lamp is typically abstract, the shoulders feature vertical lines and vine scrolls in relief. The body tapers in at the nozzle with the wick hole slightly blackened from use. A conical knobbed handle is placed at the top of the lamp, now unfortunately chipped. Lamps such as this one are occasionally known as animal head lamps, due to the appearance of the knob on the handle. The oil lamp sits upon a ring foot with a raised lines and curves decorating the base. Some encrustation and wear consistent with age. This type is known as Type Rosenthal et Sivan K, groupe 3- Hadad 32 var. 2.

Date: Circa 6th – 8th century AD

Object History

From an ex SM collection, Israel, acquired 1970-1999.

Object Condition

Fine condition, slight encrustations to the base of the lamp and near the wick holes. Traces of usage and minor chipping to the surface along with a chip to the handle

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:6 x H:10 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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