The dark grey/black colouring of this lamp is characteristic of the ‘Ephesus’ production, the city in which great numbers of this lamp type and its moulds have been found. The ribbon handle, unfortunately lost in this example, is also typical of ‘Ephesus lamps’, which were originally developed as imitations of bronze models. Indeed, the shape of these lamps changed little over the course of almost 200 years that they were popular in Greece and the Mediterranean.
Hellenistic Greyware Lamp
A mouldmade greyware lamp from Hellenistic Asia Minor. The lamp has a biconical body and features a large discus, which is separated from a small, plain shoulder by a circular ridge. The discus has been almost entirely lost, as has the ribbon handle. The shoulder is undecorated save for a globule on either side of the nozzle. The nozzle is of moderate size and rounded, with a semicircular plate around the wick hole. For decorative purposes, a closed channel runs between discus and nozzle tip. Concentric circles are faintly visible on the base, as is the potter’s mark in low relief.
Period: Hellenistic Period
Provenance: From the collection of Arno Jumpertz, Leverkusen, Germany, 1924-1984. Much of the collection was exhibited at Neus museum, 1985.
Condition: Fine, some earthy encrustations and marks of ageing on the surface. The majority of the discus and the ribbon handle have been lost.