from the Levant commonly have the discus motif inverted in relation to the nozzle. However, I'm afraid this lamp
is almost certainly a modern fake
Yep, after it arrived, and I held it, it just SCREAMED at me that it was a fake
. it'll be an interesting piece for the collection
, but the clay is off (it's black clay, not black from being fired in an oxygenless kiln), the lamp
is not fired well (I wiped some water on it to see what the deal was with the dirt that was on the outer edge... it looks like the dirt was smeared on soft clay. It's too heavy (my authentic lamps
are quite thin, this sucker is a full on beast, there's not enough space in the oil reservoir mouth to insert a wick, and there's absolutely NO calcification on it. Was a bad purchase, but will still
make an interesting piece.