HELLENISTIC GREY EARTHENWARE RADIAL OIL LAMP

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Measurements: 8.3 cm - length

 

Description: A Hellenistic grey earthenware oil lamp, featuring one wide filling ole, a round body and a short canal nozzle. The body, which its surface is mostly occupied by the filling hole, is nicely decorated with a geometric motif, comprising radial incised lines.

 

Oil lamps were extremely popular household items that were used throughout many ancient civilizations. Hellenistic oil lamps were also buried in tombs and graves along with pottery, jewellery, and other symbolic gifts. They could also be dedicated as votive offerings to gods and goddesses in temples and sanctuaries.

 

Condition: Very fine, complete and intact with minor encrustations. 

 

Period: Circa 3rd - 2nd century BC

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