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Canaanite Syro-Hittite Terracotta Anthropomorphic Lamp
Middle Bronze Age IIa: 2000-1750 BC.
L. 13cm. H. 8cm. W. 10cm.
Chip at the rim, otherwise perfect.

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The lamp of boat shaped cup with flat base, the side walls with pointed front and high back with applied stylized human face. The wide arched eyebrows joint at the center with the straight nose, framing the prominent eyes made of two projected circles. A conical projection on top.
 
This lamp is unusual and no parallels have been found. The stylized face image can be compared with Syro-Hittite - Northern Canaanite Middle Bronze Age terracotta bird face idols. The lamp shape can be compared with the Canaanite lamps of the period.

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