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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 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 olive oil generally replaced fish oil as the typical lamp fuel.



BA1



Last edited: 09-09-2008

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