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LRB212 - Click to enlarge


LRB212 - Click to enlarge


LRB212 - Click to enlarge

 

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Reference: LRB212

Byzantine Christian lamp of Apamea type

Period: Byzantine

Origin: Northern Levant (Apamea area)

Date: Late 5th - early 6th century AD


A good example of a documented type, the large filling-hole encircled by band of debased ovules on the discus. The base incised with 'fern pattern' maker's mark.

Manufacture: Mould-made

Size: Length 9.2 cm

Condition: Uncleaned. Traces of red slip but heavily encrusted. Hairline heat fractures to nozzle but stable.

Price:
£75.00

 

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Comments:
A Belgian mission at Apamea excavated 434 lamps and 98 moulds in a context precisely dated before the earthquakes of 526 and 528 AD.

The city suffered damage during the Syrian civil war but the ancient remains of Apamea are extremely impressive, including the Great Colonnade (nearly 2 km long) and one of the largest surviving theatres of the Roman Empire.


Provenance:
Ex David Knell collection. Exported from Israel in October 2006.


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