Rare, Roman-egyptian Frog Pottery Oil Lamp, 200 AD
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All Items: Antiques:Regional Art:Ancient World:Egyptian:Stone: Pre AD 1000: item # 881300
Aweidah Gallery - Jerusalem based gallery
P.O.Box 51067 - Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Aweidah Gallery is pleased to offer this ancient very rare museum quality Roman - Egyptian pottery FROG oil lamp with a star potter's mark on the backside, dating to around 200 AD
THIS LAMP WILL SURELY MAKE A MAJOR ADDITION TO THE FINEST OIL LAMP COLLECTION, A REAL MASTERPIECE
Measurements: Length: 8 cm - Width: 6.5 cm
Condition: Excellent archaeological condition, not repaired and not restored very well preserved
The symbolism of the frog related to childbirth and new life
This ovoid-shaped lamp, decorated with a frog, Like vine fronds, frogs symbolized rebirth and resurrection, hence their use on Christian lamps.
This is a regional style lamp exclusively produced in Egypt and found in the regions around it, between ca. 100 – 300 CE. The frog is an Egyptian fertility symbol.
The frog, a symbol of rebirth, appeared in amulet form as early as the Predynastic Period. During the Dynastic Period it was identified with Heket, goddess of birth and fertility: the hieroglyph "frog" formed part of this goddess's name. Associated with the god Khnum, Heket was worshipped in the city of Antinoe, close to Hermopolis.
A fertility symbol is an object used by early historical human societies representing fertility. These symbols took on several different forms.
An oil lamp is a simple vessel used to produce light continuously for a period of time from a fuel source. The use of oil lamps extends from prehistory to the present day.
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