Ancient Near East, Holy Land, ca. 5th to 8th CE. A wonderful gathering of five mold-made terracotta oil lamps from the ancient Holy Land. A petite lamp features a slight raised base, an ovoid body, and a projecting wick spout. A cream-hued lamp has a ringed base, a nubbin thumb rest, ornate shoulder designs in low-relief, and a slender wick spout. Third is a pale-orange lamp with a tall, indented handle, a ladder-form base design, and a spotted ring surrounding a large fill hole. Fourth is a light-orange lamp with a spotted motif around the shoulders and an abstract face adorning the arched handle. Last is a pale-orange lamp with five concentric circles on the base, a tab-shaped handle, and triangular designs around the shoulders and neck channel. A fabulous ensemble! Size of largest (triangular shoulder designs): 4.25" L (10.8 cm).
Provenance: private Secaucus, New Jersey, USA collection, acquired over twenty years ago
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