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G2

Reference: G2 / Cat. No. R8.3080

Period: Greek

Origin: Sicily

Date: 550 475 BC

Description:
Body with inward-sloping shoulder and clear carination, central conical tube, short nozzle. Flat base.

Fabric: Pinkish-buff clay, red-brown slip on shoulder and nozzle, black-brown slip in streaky bands on shoulder and inside top of tube.

Manufacture: Wheel made.

Size (cm): L. 10.3, W. 8.4, H. 2.4

Notes:
Cf. BMC I, Q639-645; Mlasowsky, 7; Lyon-Caen, 2.
Central tube: see Broneer, Corinth, p.33; Thompson 1933, p.198; Howland, pp.24, 52-3; Lyon-Caen, pp.18, 26; Bookidis & Pemberton 2015, p.104; Knell, 'The Genius of the Central Tube', Ancient Heritage 2020.


Comments:
Evidence suggests the central open tube was primarily intended as a means of improving the grip when carrying lamps that typically lacked a handle, while also offering the options of hanging the lamp on a cord when not in use or perhaps mounting it on the tapered spike of a stand if desired.

In addition, like the central closed cone of contemporaneous lamps, the tube may have helped in guiding a long wick inserted through the lamp's nozzle to coil neatly into place.



G2



Last edited: 21-08-2007

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