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Greece, Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd century BCE; Magna Graecia, South Italic, ca. 5th to 4th century BCE. A wonderful set of three ancient terracotta oil lamps from two distinct periods of ancient Greek history. First are two triangular oil lamps from the South Italic region of Magna Graecia, one with an open-face design and a footed base, and the other with an enclosed profile, a flat base, a central fill hole, and three protruding wick spouts. Another light-orange vessel hails from the Hellenistic age and has a base comprised of thin concentric circles, a tall strap handle, a wide-mouthed fill hole, and a large wick spout. A lovely trio of ancient light-giving vessels! Size of largest (Hellenistic): 4.75" L (12.1 cm).

Provenance: private Carlton collection, Los Angeles, California, USA, acquired between 1965 and 1980

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Enclosed triangular lamp repaired from several pieces with small losses along underside cracks. All lamps have age-commensurate surface wear, small nicks and chips, with earthen and mineral deposits throughout. Both triangular vessels have light char marks to wick spouts.

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Trio of Ancient Greek Terracotta Oil Lamps

Estimate $300 - $450Jul 30, 2018