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Author Topic: Ptolemaic Oil lamp? Forgery?  (Read 137 times)

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Offline PBA

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Ptolemaic Oil lamp? Forgery?
« on: January 28, 2022, 09:14:09 am »
What do you think about this Oil lamp? Style is ptolemaic. It has been repaired on the side (Pic 4) and the surface finish appears new. Is it ancient...?

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Re: Ptolemaic Oil lamp? Forgery?
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2022, 09:29:53 pm »
I'm afraid your doubts are well founded. Although the general style of the lamp roughly conforms to Hellenistic types, the decorative scheme, atypical filling-hole, surface condition and other factors suggest it is almost certainly a modern fake or reproduction.
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Re: Ptolemaic Oil lamp? Forgery?
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2022, 09:50:54 pm »
No sign it had everr been lit. I would think the spout would be charred somewhat.
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Re: Ptolemaic Oil lamp? Forgery?
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2022, 10:40:50 pm »
No sign it had everr been lit. I would think the spout would be charred somewhat.
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A very large proportion of authentic lamps were never lit. They were often placed in tombs in pristine condition - perhaps intended for the deceased in the afterlife.
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