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Mould-made pottery lamp with a double-convex body, a long splayed flat-topped nozzle with a curved tip, a circular base-ring, and a leaf-shaped lug on each side. The filling-hole is surrounded by a double moulding. The shoulder is decorated with ivy tendrils in relief, between the outer moulding of the filling-hole and a single moulding above the carination. On top of the nozzle is a ribboned thyrsos between two raised ridges, which end in volutes. The pinkish-buff surface is perhaps slipped. Red-brown Nile silt fabric with abundant mica, organics and white inclusions.
- Production date
- (late)3rdC BC - (early)1stC BC
Diameter: 1.30 centimetres (filling hole)
Diameter: 1.10 centimetres (nozzle)
Height: 2.60 centimetres
Length: 10.90 centimetres
Width: 8.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- A number of parallels from Wadi Qaren, Couloir, Hermopolis (see Bailey 1975, 273-4 who also cites a parallel in Cyprus and unprovenaced pieces from Egypt in contexts dated from the 4th century BC to the 4th century AD) and Memphis (Petrie et al. 1910, pl. 40, 51). Fabric is consistent with Naukratis production. Late 3rd to early 2nd century BC parallel from Alexandria (Mlynarczyk 1998, 331-4, Fig. 4e). Parallels dated either late 2nd to 1st or late 3rd to 2nd century BC (Mlynarczyk 1997, 54-7, Type G, Figs. 71-2, who prefers earlier date).
Mlynarczyk, J. 1997. Alexandrian and Alexandria-influenced mould-made lamps of the Hellenistic period. BAR International Series 677.
Mlynarczyk, J. 1998. Terracotta mould-made lamps in Alexandria (Hellenistic to Late Roman period), in Empereur, J-Y. (ed.), Commerce et Artisant dans l’Alexandrie Hellénistique et Romaine, Paris, 327-52.
Petrie, W.M.Fl. MacKay, E. and Wainwright, G. 1910, Meydum and Memphis III, London.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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