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Rome, Roman Empire to Byzantine Empire, ca. 1st to 6th century CE. A wonderful ensemble of ten mold-made terracotta oil lamps from the Roman and Byzantine empires. Two Roman lamps have ovoid profiles with low-relief linear designs around the shoulders, one with a pierced handle and the other with a tab-shaped handle; one has a circular body with a curvilinear motif around the shoulders and a floral design in the recessed tondo; and the last has a tiered body with a raised fill hole and applied loop handle. Six Byzantine-era lamps have either flat or tab-shaped handles, large fill holes, ringed bases, and pronounced neck channels. A superb gathering for any collection! Size of largest: 4.5" L (11.4 cm).

Provenance: private New Jersey, USA collection, acquired over twenty years ago

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All lamps have expected age-commensurate surface wear, minor losses, and earthen and mineral deposits. Some have stable fissures, some have char marks to wick spouts, and some have fading to adorning details. Nevertheless a very nice group.

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Ten Ancient Pottery Oil Lamps - Roman & Byzantine

Estimate $400 - $600Feb 26, 2018