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  • Description

    Fake mould-made pottery lamp with a squat rounded body and an applied handle in the form of a snake. The domed top is decorated with incised lotus flowers and leaves, and impressed ring-and-dot patterns; applied equidistantly are three Egyptianising male heads. The raised base is concave below. The surface is dark brown and glossy. The nozzle is lost; there is a small area of plaster restoration.


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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 8 centimetres
    • Width: 6.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Thermoluminescence examination: inconlusive result (11/12/1975).

  • Bibliography

    • Lamp Q3519 bibliographic details
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  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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