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    Posted 3 years ago

    beyemvey
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    This late Roman or Byzantine oil lamp dates to after Christianity became the official religion of the empire, as evidential from the crude angel motif on the top surface of the lamp. You can see this image in the first photo. Earlier and better lamps of this type would have had more detailed angels, and later versions were even more crude, so this one probably dates to c. 350-500 AD and came from the Eastern empire. This lamp is very small measuring only 2" X 3" and made of fired clay. There is a small chip on the bottom near the area below where the wick would go. Scorch marks evident on the top surface.

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    1. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Muchas gracias bijoucaillouvintage, fortapache, fleafinder, olebodie, maryh1956, Michelleb007, ellenmarie1, Caperkid, & Master!!!
    2. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Thanks Karenoke & Manikin :-)
    3. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      It must be amazing Bill to hold something so ancient and think about the others who have done so.
    4. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Karen, that's the best part. I especially like coins because they have passed through so many hands... I always wonder who might have had them and what they might have bought? A jug of wine, a loaf of bread... :-) Best! - Bob
    5. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Thank you for looking in Sean!
    6. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Bob - slap me now. And send me a bill (lol) for being so rude.
    7. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Thanks vetraio50 & SpiritBear !!!
    8. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      No problem Karen, Bob & Bill get confused all the time... I'm just glad the name is BOB since it is a palindrome it doesn't matter if I get a little bit dyslexic and spell it backwards ;-P (lulz) Bob
    9. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
      Such an interesting and cool piece Bob! Have you had any luck getting a genie to pop out of it? LOL.
    10. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Barbara Eden? (lol) Thanks Rick ;-P

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