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Reference: HW1 / Cat. No.

Period: Hellenistic

Origin: Egypt (Delta area)

Date: 300 – 250 BC

Description:
Deep convex body, rimmed convex upper surface with large central filling hole. Pierced lug at eight o’clock. Long nozzle slightly splayed at end.

Fabric: Dark grey clay.

Manufacture: Wheel made.

Notes:
Cf. BMC I, Q525; Petrie Museum, UC50706; Mlasowsky, 11.
Lug: see Broneer, Corinth, pp.6-7; Thompson 1933, pp.199, 201; Howland, pp.72, 75, 100; Lyon-Caen, pp.18, 34; Bailey 1972, p.13.


Comments:
The pierced lug may have allowed the lamp to be hung on a cord when not in use or perhaps provided a convenient holder for a wick-pin, while also serving to improve the grip when carrying lamps that lacked a handle.

An asymmetrical lug, no longer pierced, survived as a vestigial feature on later lamps and appears to have been retained purely to improve the grip or to have been merely decorative.



HW1



Last edited: 05-06-2006

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