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Byzantine, Syro-Palestinian, Terracotta Oil Lamp, 7th - 8th Century A.D.
This raretype is similar to flat-topped round Byzantinelamps discovered in Jerash, bearing Arabic inscriptions with dates from the eighth century, the name of the potter, and Jerash as the place of manufacture (Schloessinger 578 and 579). Those lamps are clearly different, but the similarity may indicate the date of our lamp. Perhaps the Tel Aviv source points to a Palestina Prima origin.AG63808. Terracottalamp; cf. Anawati C250 (rounder, also with arc and pellet ornamentation, but arcs from both mouth and shoulder); 8.3 cm long, Good condition, two cracks radiating from spout, soot on nozzle, mold-made, ovoid shape, convex nearly flat diskus ornamented with pellets within arcs from shoulder, knife-pared conical handle, raised rim around filling hole, raised rim at shoulder to from handle to nozzle, convex side above sharpcarination, flat bottom with ring base; from a Florida dealer, purchased in Tel Aviv in 1971; $135.00 (€114.75)
Roman-Byzantine, Bronze Disk NomismaWeight, c. 350 - 650 A.D.
BZ90518. cf. Weber Byzantinische 127; perhaps made from a coin, VF, green patina, scratches, weight 4.169 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, obverse concentric circles (appear to be lathe cut); reverse blank, scratches from use; $60.00 (€51.00)
Roman-Byzantine or Early Islamic, Bronze Disk Weight, c. 350 - 650 A.D.
This is light for a nomismaweight and we would suspect it is a game piece but Weber insists all these types of bronze with concentric rings are weights. He suggests some may be early Islamic.BZ90517. cf. Weber Byzantinische 127, VF, green patina, weight 3.570 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, obverse concentric circles (appear to cast); reverse plain; $36.00 (€30.60)
Late Roman - Byzantine, One Nomisma Square Bronze Weight
Late Roman-Byzantine Nomismaweights listed in David Hendin's Ancient ScaleWeights and Pre-Coin Currency of the Near East, page 212 - 213, range from 3.91g to 4.54g. Most are marked with the letter N. The variation cannot be solely due to inaccurate scales, the weight of the nomisma must have varied over time and place.BZ90521. Bronze weight, cf. Hendin 348; unmarked bronze square, 4.308g, 16.4mm, $36.00 (€30.60)
Late Roman-Byzantine Square Bronze 2 Scripula Weight, c. 350 - 700 A.D.
We think we see an engraved B, but it could be just hopeful imagination.BZ90534. Bronze weight, cf. Hendin Weights 367, 13.5 x 14.4 mm, 2.120g, obverseengraved B(?); reverse blank; $32.00 (€27.20)