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Hellenistic Oil Lamp - BB.1536
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 300 BC to 100 BC
Dimensions: 3.25" (8.3cm) high x 2.40" (6.1cm) wide
Collection: Biblical
Medium: Terracotta

Location: Great Britain
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A lamp such as this might have lit homes during the flower of the Classical age. A metaphor of joy and prosperity, for hope, for life itself, lamps have illuminated the path of civilization for centuries. They have guided great thoughts through the night, stood vigil with lonely passions. In the presence of this simple object, we are in touch directly with a vanished world, with the people once warmed by its glow. Today it remains as an enduring symbol of man's desire to conquer the darkness. This particular oil lamp features incised lines that form a repeated three-line pattern pointing to the filling hole. As characteristic of the Hellenistic period oil lamps, this lamp has a long, attenuated nozzle. - (BB.1536)


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