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LRB211 - Click to enlarge


LRB211 - Click to enlarge


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Reference: LRB211

Roman bronze lamp

Period: Late Roman / Byzantine

Origin: South East Europe, probably Moesia

Date: 350 525 AD


A distinctive Danubian type, the truncated conical body with ridged and perforated circular top. Band handle attached by rivet. Two further rivets to right underside.


Fabric: Copper alloy.

Manufacture: Sheet metal with edge of sides folded over top.

Size: Length 8.7 cm, Width 7.5 cm

Condition: Typically crude manufacture with small crack to base but stable metal.

Price:
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Notes:
A known regional type; an example was excavated at Kovachevsko Kale near Popovo (Bulgaria) in a context of the 4th to 6th centuries AD.

Comments:
Devices of this Danubian type, the circular top typically perforated in basic openwork patterns around a central filling-hole and usually pierced with a crude wick-hole at the front, are likely to have served as both lamps and censers.

Incense was used not only at religious and other formal ceremonies in public locations, it also played a traditional role in the domestic environment where it was commonly heated at household shrines, valued for its supposed medicinal properties or simply employed as an aromatic amenity.


Provenance:
Ex American art market, California, in December 2004.


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