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LOT 0988

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GBP (£) 80 - 100
EUR (€) 96 - 120
USD ($) 109 - 136

Bid History: 4   |   Current bid: £8

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Bid History: 4   |   Current bid: £8

Roman Period Oil Lamp with Animal Head Handle

Levantine, 4th-6th century AD

A large terracotta oil lamp with lentoid-section, tear-shaped body, handle formed as a stylised animal head, oval hole to the discus and nozzle, shallow basal ring bordered by scrolled flourishes and circular motifs in low raised relief, raised concentric circles and scallops around the discus, dashed lines to the shoulders. 140 grams, 14cm (5 1/2"). Fine condition. [No Reserve]

Provenance
Collection of a deceased London gentleman, 1979-1999, by descent.

Literature
Porat, R., Zissu, B., Davidovich, U., Langford, B., 'Votive Offerings from the Late Roman Period in the Te'omim Cave, Western Jerusalem Hills' in Tal., O., Weiss, Z., Expressions of Cult in the Southern Levant in the Greco-Roman Period, Brepols, 2017, pp.111-130.

Footnotes
Similar lamps have been discovered in Cistern I at Beit Nattif and are common elsewhere in Judea. According to some authors they should be regarded as a variant of the Beit Nattif lamps, in this case with a special goat handle. Beit Natif is a site located in southern Judea where a workshop has been excavated. The lamps found at the site were mould-made and similar in design to Samaritan lamps in that they had a round body, concave nozzle, large fill hole, and decorated shoulder, generally with geometric or floral motifs.