Ancient terracotta oil lamp, 6th 7th Cent. AD
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1178065
Aweidah Gallery - Jerusalem based gallery
P.O.Box 51067 - Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Ancient pottery wheel-made oil lamp with a plain body, wider at the lower part and narrower at the upper, flat flaring rim and a flat base, after the reservoir was made on the wheel, a hand-formed nozzle was stuck on. Loop handle higher than the rim. The clay is reddish- brown
Dated from, 6th 7th Cent. AD
Condition: Good condition, untouched as found
Found in Samaria north of Jerusalem, Israel
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This lamp reveals Mesopotamian influence, and in fact a related wheelmade lamp had a long istory in Mesopotamia. The same type also occurs in Cyprus, suggesting that the lamps appearance in Israel was not connected with political events, such as the Persian conquest in A.D 614, but as a result of trade connections.
Several lamps as this were found in Byzantine houses in the latest occupation layers. It was generally assumed that like several towns in Palestine was abandoned in the course of the Arab conquest which would date the latest occupation to the first half of the seventh Century.