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Lamp

Date:
7th–8th century
Geography:
Attributed to Syria
Medium:
Earthenware; molded
Dimensions:
3.63 in. long 2.75 in. wide (9.2 cm long 7 cm wide)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Miriam Schaar Schloessinger, 1961
Accession Number:
61.150.5
Not on view
The shallow open lamps previously used in the Middle East were replaced by deeper pinched bowls, imported from Greece in Hellenistic times. However, the low-relief decoration and green or honey-colored glazes are characteristic of the Roman pottery tradition. These lamps burned olive oil through a fiber wick.
Miriam Schaar Schloessinger, New York (until 1961; gifted to MMA)
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