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Near East, Holy Land, ca. 3rd to 5th century CE. A wonderful group of five mold-made terracotta oil lamps in varyious styles evocative of the Holy Land. One lamp has a wide body, tab-shaped handle, and incised shoulder designs. A second lamp has a saucer-shaped body, a thin loop handle, and a raised rim around the fill hole. A third lamp has a concentric ring base, a nubbin-shaped thumb rest, and a series of abstract incised designs around a small fill hole. A fourth lamp has an eight-pointed star base, a boat-shaped body, and wide fill hole. The last lamp has a slate-gray coloration, a large loop handle, and an elongated wick spout. A wonderful ensemble of terracotta oil-burning vessels! Size: 4.625" L (11.7 cm).
Provenance: private Carlton collection, Los Angeles, California, USA, acquired between 1965 and 1980
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