Lamp mould, lime plaster, maker unknown, Tunisia, 5th century CE
Lime plaster mould for top of Byzantine North African lamp. The mould is oval-shaped and very finely modelled with geometric and floral motifs on rim (left section near handle obliterated/blurred). The centre of the mould is decorated with a date palm with fruit suspended from the tips of its lowest fronds. The rim features motifs of dotted triangles, hatched squares, five lobed leaves, and six petalled flowers. The mould also features four indents for aligning and separating the top from the base (possibly during manufacture of mould, rather than of lamp).