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Reproduction Ancient Oil Lamps
The replica ancient oil lamps in this section represent clay lamp styles used in ancient Egypt in the Greek Hellenistic to Roman and Roman Christian period. Several of these clay lamps are molded directly from original ancient Egyptian oil lamps.
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Circa 2nd to 4th Century AD

The globular body of this uniquely Egyptian lamp features a stylized relief of a frog, the symbol of Heket, who, in Egyptian religion, was associated with childbirth and the renewal of life. The use of the frog on lamps by Egyptian Christians is also well documented and probably also served as a symbol of renewal, in the Resurrection. This was probably an extension of the appearance of frogs connected with the rise and fall of the waters of the Nile. The find location of this lamp is unfortuantely, unknown, but similar ones have come from Abydos, Edfu, and Cairo.
Molded directly from the original.
(3" by 2.5")
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Circa 2nd to 4th Century AD

This style also falls into the "frog" lamp category. While many of these lamps had very abstract frogs, this one appears to be more of a floral pattern than anything. A pleasing lamp, very Egyptian looking, and a good representation of the original.
Molded directly from the original.
(3" by 2.75") 
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Circa 2nd to 4th Century AD  

Again, a stylized "frog" lamp.. The decoration on this lamp is quite abstract, almost appearing like palms.
Molded directly from an original.
(2.75" by 2.25") 
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Circa 2nd to 4th Century AD

Although included with Egyptian lamps as it has a general body shape like the frog lamps above, this style is also found in Judea and many of the Roman provinces.
(3" by 2.5") 

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An "Egyptian" lamp of Hellenistic or Roman period style featuring a face popularly called a
Hathor lamp.
While exhibiting an "Egyptian" flavour, this style is likely an invention of 19th century artisans for the tourist trade. Examples have appeared in collections since Victorian times, but archaeologically excavated examples have yet to be published so far as I know. If you see one of these on a popular internet auction site- assume with confidence it's not actually ancient. This example was created from an example acquired from an Egyptian marketplace.
(about 3.5" by 1.75").


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