Description: A grey-black terracotta oil lamp of robust form, the sloping shoulder decorated with moulded swirls and stylised leafy tendrils. The lamp has a stub handle and a sub-circular moulded rim to the filler hole. Overall surface wear, an irregular shallow chip on the underside of the wick projection, but a good example of the type, probably from Syria or Palestine.
Size: 102 mm/4 ins. in length
Culture: Byzantine/early Islamic
Date: c. 600-800 A.D.
Provenance: From the estate of a deceased Essex collector.