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Cypriot Lamp 6th to 4th centuries BC

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Seller: condoragatemines (630) 100%, Location: Rancho Cucamonga, California, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 252644667393 Description For sale is a rare and highly collectible piece of Cypriot pottery from 6th to 4th centuries BC. Lamp, open type, shallow bowl with flat base, and flat rim pinched abruptly, slit narrow, dia of bowl 5.5” Such highly collectible Cypriot era archaeological piece are highly sale able, making this piece ideal for both collectors and investors alike. There are several examples of this type in the British Museum. While its date is difficult to determine without any archaeological context, it probably dates from the 6th to 4th centuries BC.As discussed in my previous post, Mr Cudworth published a guide to his collection which includes useful information on provenance. Looking at this guide, the lamp that best fits the bill is described as:“Open lamp, shell pattern, rare (Sandwith Cyprian Collection).”Cudworth’s term ‘shell pattern’ refers to the theory that this kind of lamp was based on the shape of Terebratula shells, often known as ‘lamp shells’ for this reason (a term that came into use as early as 1787, according to Samuel Pickworth Woodward’s A Manual of the Mollusca). Cudworth states:“If we have not in the fossilised Terebratula the original design of the early open lamp used for domestic purposes, the coincidence is, at any rate, somewhat remarkable.”His guide illustrates this point with a woodcut, which bears a marked resemblance to the Kent Collection lamp. Condition This piece is in a good condition, with expected ware and tear which we see as more of a genuine show of age old character. Dimensions: 5.5 by 5 1/8" Inches approx.1" deep Provenance: from Harvey Sarner's collection, Palm Spring, California

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