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Lot 0186
**Originally Listed At $750**

Late Roman/early Byzantine Empire, ca. 4th to 6th century CE. A cast bronze oil lamp with a loop handle topped by a deep crescent form, which probably once had a cross form inset into it (see condition report). The bowl stands on a round, slightly raised foot, and likely once had a lid based on similar known examples. There delicate bronze chains are attached at the middle of the crescent and the sides of the bowl, rising to a larger bronze ring with a large bronze hook attached to it for suspension. Size of lamp: 5.05" L x 2.5" W x 2.25" H (12.8 cm x 6.4 cm x 5.7 cm); height with chain raised: 10.75" H (27.3 cm)

Provenance: private Houston, Texas, USA collection

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Tips of the crescent are ancient losses and probably once had a cross attached (see description). Mottled, deep green patina on surface with light deposits. Chain is present but slightly tangled and bent.

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