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FY7

Reference: FY7 / Cat. No.

Period: Roman

Origin: Balkans, probably Dacia or Moesia

Date: 150 300 AD

Description:
Truncated discus.

Base marked ARMEN
Armenius

Manufacture: Mould made.

Condition: Handle and tip of nozzle missing.

Notes:
Cf. Čičikova, 9-10; (mark) Bukina & Ilyina, 24; Topoleanu & Croitoru, Brăila 2015, 27; Topoleanu, Prahova 2010, 1; (truncated discus, IANVARI mark) ibid., 10.
Lamps bearing this mark were found at Tibiscum and Romula (both in Dacia); a workshop has been identified in the latter (Rosenthal-Heginbottom, Strata 2015, p.129).


Comments:
The truncated discus is a fairly common feature of Firmalampen from this region. Here the discus was reduced during manufacture as a pre-emptive measure to enhance the practicality of the product. In regional lamps which originally had a full discus, this was often deliberately broken in antiquity to provide a larger filling aperture. Not only was the lamp easier to keep filled with fuel, a larger aperture also allowed easier access to adjust the wick as it was consumed.

It seems likely that a similar situation applies to the frequently broken discuses of Syro-Palestinian lamps of Kennedy Type 5 and that, in most cases at least, the action was prompted simply by practical consideration rather than any religious sensibility caused by the motifs on them.



FY7



Last edited: 10-07-2008

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