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Hellenistic Period Miniature Terracotta Oil Lamp - PF.1788
Origin: Israel (Jerusalem)
Circa: 300 BC to 100 BC

Collection: Greek
Medium: Terracotta

$250.00
Location: United States
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This miniature lamp, perhaps a child's votive, might have burned in the Holy Land during the height of the Classical age. A metaphor 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 this simple object, we are in touch directly with a vanished world, with the rooms and shrines once warmed by its glow, with the people who drew comfort from its light. Today it remains as an enduring symbol of man's desire to conquer the darkness. - (PF.1788)

 

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