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Late Roman - Early Byzantine, Antioch, Syria, Terracotta Oil Lamp, 5th - 6th Century A.D.
The Warschaw Collection (Israel Museum, Jerusalem) lamp referenced has a male head and is a different shape but, like or lamp, the back of the head is on the reverse of the handle. In addition, the Warschaw lamp has the same type of decoration on the base. The two lamps are perhaps from the same Antiochian workshop.
Describing a similar lamp, the Nakayama Collection website notes, "It is said, but not proven, that it depicts the face of the Virgin Mary."
AL34531. High-handle oil lamp; cf. Anawati C270, Warschaw 474 (male head), Choice
, 10.8 cm (4 1/4") long; red clay with white slip, mold made, high handle decorated with facing female head wearing earrings, back of head with long hair on the reverse side of the handle, bottom ornamented with four pellets in circles; SOLD
Catalog current as of Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
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