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Three Hellenistic Period Oil Lamps - PF.1882
Origin: Alexandria, Egypt
Circa: 300 BC to 200 BC
Dimensions: 3" (7.6cm) high x 2" (5.1cm) wide
Collection: Biblical
Medium: Terracotta

Additional Information: Measurements are for the Largest of the Three Lamps
Location: United States
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These ancient lamps might have burned in Alexandria during the reign of the Ptolemies. Metaphors for joy and prosperity, for hope, for life itself, lamps have illuminated the path of civilization for centuries. They have shed light on mundane and extraordinary events alike, guiding great thoughts through the night, and standing vigil with lonely passions. In the presence of these simple objects, we are in touch directly with a vanished world, with the rooms and shrines once warmed by their glow, with the people who drew comfort from their light. Today they remain as enduring symbols of man's desire to conquer the darkness. - (PF.1882)


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