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  • Description

    Brass lamp-lid: scallop-shell, cast, concave at rear. Hinge-piece broken; traces of an iron pin. Surface coloration: patchy sage green.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 5thC-6thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 3.7 centimetres
    • Width: 3.49 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Part of 1905,0409.436 (BM.98930). Registered as "Fragment of bronze ornament in form of shell"

    Cf. the lids of 1923,0512.372; 1923,0512.371; 1875,1012.12.4; 1875,0713.1; 1919,0208.43, all of the Late Roman period.Analysis: copper: 70.0; lead: 8.9; tin: 0.46; zinc: 21.1. The analyses of this and Lamp 1905,0409.436 are so close that they probably come from the same melt and may well belong together.


  • Bibliography

    • Lamp p. 53, pl. 63, Q3743 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history


    G52/IRAN/21/7, official opening 17/11/95.

  • Condition

    incomplete; patchy sage green coloration; lid re-attached as part of conservation work for the refurbishment of G52 in the mid-1990s.

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    Middle East

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Brass lamp lid in the form of a scallop-shell; cast; traces of corroded iron pin; joins 98930.

Brass lamp lid in the form of a scallop-shell; cast; traces of corroded iron pin; joins 98930.

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