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Posted 5 years ago


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More info needed. Idiom referring to the Middle East.
Once again, maybe just a souvenir or something else.
Man's head decoration. Made of red clay.

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  1. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 5 years ago
    It's an oil lamp from the early times till the late 19th century that was used in SW Asia Mesopotamia/Persia. It was quite simple; oil was contained in the handled gourd/container and a Rush (wick) hung out of the spout and absorbed the oil inside. When lit, you simply had to adjust the length of the wick as the oil burned at the end. They were always decorated on top of the receptacle. RER (LOUMANAL)
  2. Vintage_Joe Vintage_Joe, 5 years ago
    Thanks Loumanal for u answer.
    Is it very old or something else, i understand it's very difficult to say in one photo? It requires the object to see and expertise.
  3. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 5 years ago
    Hi Vintage_Joe! They were made of clay for thousands of years, exactly like this and were used until electricity was invented and still used by the poor after that. RER (LOUMANAL)
  4. lovedecanters lovedecanters, 4 years ago
    Ones like this were made by the Romans and it would be nice to get a better view of picture on it, to see what style it is. The Roman ones do tend to look more factory made than yours does though.
  5. Vintage_Joe Vintage_Joe, 4 years ago
    Ok, i add some new pictures.
    I understand that there is lot of repro and fake ones but somewhere is still the genuine one.
    I am still searching ;)
  6. Vintage_Joe Vintage_Joe, 4 years ago
    Show that the object is actually made with potter's wheel.
  7. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    These are still being made as tourist items . I bought one in 1980's are a decor piece . I am not saying your's is not old but they are still being made in same way today .
  8. Vintage_Joe Vintage_Joe, 3 years ago
    Yes i know.

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