Ancient Greece, Classical to Hellenistic Period, ca. 4th to 2nd century BCE. A wonderful gathering of mold-formed pottery oil lamps covered in a lustrous layer of black glaze. The first lamp has a circular body with a concave base, a rounded shoulder, and a protruding wick spout. The largest lamp is squat in form with a wide circular base, an open oil basin, and a narrow wick spout. Size of largest (open basin): 2.875" W x 3.75" H (7.3 cm x 9.5 cm).
Provenance: private Davis collection, Houston, Texas, USA; ex-Bonhams, London, Knightsbridge Antiquities Auction (May 8, 2013, part of lot 96); ex-private English collection formed in the 1970s, thence by descent
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