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Steatite oil lamp

Period:
Middle Minoan III-Late Minoan I
Date:
ca. 1750–1450 B.C.
Culture:
Minoan
Medium:
Steatite
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm); Diameter 5 1/4 in. (13.4 cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Stone Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, by exchange, 1914
Accession Number:
14.89.13
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Oil would have been placed in the bowl, and wicks could rest on the two cuttings in the rim. This is a good example of one of the most characteristic types of stone lamps that were made in the Neopalatial period.
From Gournia, Crete

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 16, 168, pl. 8e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Warren, Peter. 1969. Minoan Stone Vases. p. 225, London: Cambridge University Press.

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