Biblical Roman Herodian double size oil lamp, 1st AD
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All Items: Antiques:Regional Art:Ancient World:Roman:Pottery: Pre AD 1000: item # 1153305
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Ancient biblical Roman Herodian massive "Double size" clay oil lamp with a loop handle.
Dated from, 37 BC - 70 AD
SUCH A LAMP COULD BURN FOR UP TO TEN HOURS IN ONE FILLING, ENOUGH TO LAST THROUGH THE DARKEST NIGHT.
To hold this lamp in our hands is to feel the touch of some ancient hand upon it, to imagine forgotten corridors spring to life with its passing glow and then fade one more into darkness
A lamp such as this might have lit homes during the time of Jesus. A metaphor of joy and prosperity, for hope, for life itself, lamps have illuminated the path of civilization for centuries. They have guided great thoughts through the night, stood vigil with lonely passions. In the presence of this simple object, we are in touch directly with a vanished world, with the people once warmed by its glow. Today it remains as an enduring symbol of man's desire to conquer the darkness.
Antiquities are valuable because of their historical and cultural values and especially because of their provenance in the biblical lands during the biblical period. To own a "biblical" artifact is to possess a genuine, one-of-a-kind, object that puts one in actual physical contact with the world of the Bible. These unique items may be displayed as a testimony to biblical history as well as beautiful pieces of art and culture.
Spatulated nozzle - Bottom: flat - with a large banded loop handle.
Measurements: Length: 16 cm - Width: 12 cm
Condition: Nozzle re-attached otherwise intact as shown.
Found in Bethlehem south of Jerusalem, Israel
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