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BA1

Reference: BA1 / Cat. No. R4.3080

Period: Middle Bronze Age I

Origin: Palestine

Date: 2200 – 1900 BC

Description:
Shallow bowl with four sides folded inwards to form four wide wick-rests. Flat base, not defined.

Fabric: Pale cream coarse clay.

Notes:
Cf. Adler, 1-4; Amiran, pl. 23:9; Rosenthal & Sivan, 311.
Pub: D. Knell, ‘Ancient Pottery Lamps’, Antique Collecting, June 2004.


Comments:
The use of four wick-rests on these lamps rather than the single wick-rest usual on later types in this region may be explained by the type of fuel employed. These early lamps appear to have used fish oil. Later lamps commonly used olive oil, a fuel which produces approximately four times the light intensity of fish oil, and a single wick was therefore deemed sufficient after the more efficient fuel was generally adopted.



BA1



Last edited: 09-09-2008

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