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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.


Comments:
The pierced lug may have begun as a convenient holder for a wick-pin or as a method to suspend the lamp on a cord when not in use but the concept of an asymmetrical lug, no longer pierced, survived as a residual feature on later lamps. In those cases, the feature appears to have been retained simply as a means of improving the grip on a lamp (typically lacking a handle) or to have been merely decorative.



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Last edited: 05-06-2006

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