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    Pottery lamp. Deep, sharply carinated lamp; handle in form of cross. Plain discus, with double rim, the inner one of which extends to surround the wick-hole, forming a nozzle-channel. Sharply defined base, concave within. Brown clay. Damage to the nozzle.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 550-650
    • 6thC-7thC
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  • Materials

  • Type series

    • Iconomu Type XXXIII
  • Dimensions

    • Length: 9.13 centimetres
    • Width: 6.53 centimetres
    • Height: 5.14 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Close: 'Archeologia' iv, 4, 1962, p. 27, from Caravec in Bulgaria; Bernhard, M.L., 1955. ‘Lampki starożytne’. Warsaw : Wydawnictwo sztuka, 340. Near: 'Bulletin du Musée de Beyrouth' xv, 1959, pl. CIII, 6, from Ghine.

  • Bibliography

    • Lamp 3226 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    fair - damage to the nozzle and handle

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  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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