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Lot of 3 Roman / Byzantine Pottery Lamps, ex-Bonhams

Roman, Holy Land, Judean, ca. 1st to 2nd century CE; Imperial Period, ca. 2nd to 4th century CE; late Roman/early Byzantine, ca. early 5th to 6th century CE. A lovely set of three ancient pottery oil lamps in a variety of forms. First is an Imperial Roman cream-slipped lamp with a circular base, a tab-shaped handle, and a recessed tondo filled with radiating petals in low relief. Second is a greyware Romano-Judean lamp with a maker's mark "IVVE HERM," a pierced tab handle, and a recessed tondo depicting Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. Last is an early Byzantine lamp with a footed base, a large strap handle, and a wick spout with flared lateral points, all covered in orange-red slip. Size of largest (cream-slip): 3.25" W x 2.125" H (8.3 cm x 5.4 cm).

Condition: Light char marks to wick spout of orange lamp. All lamps have minor nicks to bases, handles, bodies, and wick spouts, with fading to coloration and some finer details, and light encrustations, otherwise intact and very good. Nice earthen deposits throughout.

Provenance: private Davis collection, Houston, Texas, USA; ex-Bonhams, London, Knightsbridge Antiquities Auction (May 8, 2013, part of lot 96); ex-private English collection, formed in the 1970s, thence by descent

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