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Byzantine, Syro-Palestinian, Terracotta Oil Lamp, 7th - 8th Century A.D.
This raretype is similar to flat-topped round Byzantinelamps discovered in Jerash, bearing Arabic inscriptions with dates from the eighth century, the name of the potter, and Jerash as the place of manufacture (Schloessinger 578 and 579). Those lamps are clearly different, but the similarity may indicate the date of our lamp. Perhaps the Tel Aviv source points to a Palestina Prima origin.AG63808. Terracottalamp; cf. Anawati C250 (rounder, also with arc and pellet ornamentation, but arcs from both mouth and shoulder); 8.3 cm long, Good condition, two cracks radiating from spout, soot on nozzle, mold-made, ovoid shape, convex nearly flat diskus ornamented with pellets within arcs from shoulder, knife-pared conical handle, raised rim around filling hole, raised rim at shoulder to from handle to nozzle, convex side above sharpcarination, flat bottom with ring base; from a Florida dealer, purchased in Tel Aviv in 1971; $120.00 (Ä102.00)
Byzantine Empire, c. 10th Century A.D.
The various anonymous coin weights or tesserae are normally assigned to the period following the introduction of the lighter weight gold tetarteron by Nicephorus II 963 - 969 A.D.BZ31140. Bronze tessera, Bendall, Weights 17 note; Hendy, Studies, p. 508, gVF, encrusted, weight 3.599 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey)? mint, obverse + ∆VO in three lines, reverse TETAPTWN in three lines, SOLD
Byzantine Empire, Terracotta Pilgrim's Token of the True Cross, c. 7th Century A.D.
Includes a Certificate of Authenticity Signed by David Hendin author of the Guide to Biblical Coins.
During the war between the Byzantine and Sassanian Empires in the 7th Century A.D., Khosrau II captured Jerusalem and took the True Cross to Persia as spoils of war. It was recovered by Heraclius, taken first to Constantinople and then across Asia Minor back to Jerusalem. According to legend, during its return journey a piece of the cross was taken and burned, the ashes were mixed with clay and tokens were made commemorating the safe return of the True Cross to Jerusalem.AS67491. Clay token, Mitchiner Badges, type C, 1067 - 1069; Staffordshire University, Flaxman Gallery, 1995 - 1996 Season Catalog, p. 19, 82 - 86, obverse True Cross flanked by half length busts, usually identified as either St. Peter and St. Paul, or as Constantine the Great and, his mother, Saint Helena; SOLD