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  • Description

    Copper alloy lamp handle: with a scallop-shell-shaped reflector ornament which covers most of the upper surface of the lamp. Surface coloration: cleaned to bare metal.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 5thC-7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 16 centimetres
    • Height: 11 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Attached to 1919,0505.774. The body of 1919,0505.774 and this handle-ornament belong together and are of the same metal mix. Analyses: copper: 69.8; lead: 12.7; tin: 2.9;
    zinc: 13.6.

  • Bibliography

    • Lamp 3821 bibliographic details
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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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Copper alloy lamp handle; faced by a scallop which covers most of the upper surface of the lamp.

Copper alloy lamp handle; faced by a scallop which covers most of the upper surface of the lamp.

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