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CA8

Reference: CA8 / Cat. No.

Period: Late Roman / Byzantine

Origin: South East Europe

Date: 350 525 AD

Description:
Truncated conical body with ridged and perforated circular top. Flanged band handle attached by two rivets.

Fabric: Copper alloy.

Manufacture: Sheet metal.

Size (cm): L. 10.1, W. 7.3, H. 4.9 (ih)

Condition: Handle probably bent further forward originally.


Notes:
A lamp of this type was excavated at Kovachevsko Kale near Popovo (Bulgaria) in a context of the 4th to 6th centuries AD; the cross shape of its central filling-hole suggests an advanced date within that period.


Comments:
Devices of this Danubian type, the circular top typically perforated in basic openwork patterns around a central filling-hole and usually pierced with a crude wick-hole at the front, are likely to have served as both lamps and censers.

Incense was used not only at religious, cultic, marriage and funeral ceremonies in public locations, it was commonly burnt at household shrines or simply as an aromatic amenity and played a traditional role in the domestic environment.



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Last edited: 15-03-2009

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