Extremely Rare Persian Period Pottery Oil Lamp, 586 BC
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Ceramics: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1100832
Aweidah Gallery - Jerusalem based gallery
P.O.Box 51067 - Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Aweidah Gallery is very pleased to offer this unique apportunity for the oil lamps collectors to add this RARE ancient Persian pottery oil lamp to their collection, dated from, 600 - 332 BC "Time of Nebuchadnezzar the greatest and most powerful of all the Babylonian kings" Large Persian period open lamp of finely levigated pink clay with a shallow bowl, wide tool-shaped rim, a knife-shaved bottom, and a very deeply pinched wick rest bearing soot. 600-332 BCE WHERE USED DURING THE ENTIRE PERSIAN PERIOD.
Uneven firing temperatures or presence of oxygen affected the color of the lamp; color varies from pink to pale orange as a result.
The oil lamp is one of the best and large examples that we ever came across from its period
Measurements: Length: 14.5 cm - Width: 13 cm
Condition: Minor professional repair hard to see as shown in the pictures otherwise intact
A REAL MASTERPIECE AND WOULD MAKE A FANTASTIC ADDITION TO THE FINEST OIL LAMP COLLECTION
In an inscription he styles himself "Nebo's favorite." He was the son and successor of Nabopolassar, who delivered Babylon from its dependence on Assyria and laid Nineveh in ruins. He was the greatest and most powerful of all the Babylonian kings. He married the daughter of Cyaxares, and thus the Median and Babylonian dynasties were united.
Necho II., the king of Egypt, gained a victory over the Assyrians at Carchemish. (See JOSIAH; MEGIDDO.) This secured to Egypt the possession of the Syrian provinces of Assyria, including Palestine. The remaining provinces of the Assyrian empire were divided between Babylonia and Media. But Nabopolassar was ambitious of reconquering from Necho the western provinces of Syria, and for this purpose he sent his son with a powerful army westward (Dan. 1:1). The Egyptians met him at Carchemish, where a furious battle was fought, resulting in the complete rout of the Egyptians, who were driven back (Jer. 46:2-12), and Syria and Phoenicia brought under the sway of Babylon (B.C. 606). From that time "the king of Egypt came not again any more out of his land" (2 Kings 24:7).
Three years after this, Jehoiakim, who had reigned in Jerusalem as a Babylonian vassal, rebelled against the oppressor, trusting to help from Egypt (2 Kings 24:1). This led Nebuchadnezzar to march an army again to the conquest of Jerusalem, which at once yielded to him (B.C. 598). A third time he came against it, and deposed Jehoiachin, whom he carried into Babylon, with a large portion of the population of the city, and the sacred vessels of the temple, placing Zedekiah on the throne of Judah in his stead. He also, heedless of the warnings of the prophet, entered into an Alliance with Egypt, and rebelled against Babylon. This brought about the final siege of the city, which was at length taken and utterly destroyed (B.C. 586). Zedekiah was taken captive, and had his eyes put out by order of the king of Babylon, who made him a prisoner for the remainder of his life.
Found in Israel
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