A SAMARITAN JEWISH BEIT-SHEAN OIL LAMP
Please refer to our stock # L.71 when inquiring.
c. 5th-6th Century CE
Composed of an elongated body, a short nozzle and an elaborate handle, this lamp is an excellent example of the type. Decorated throughout with various geometric motifs and the handle is a variation of the more often seen kite shaped handle usually associated with these lamps. Soot on the nozzle shows signs of use in antiquity.
In very good condition.
10.2 x 5.6 cm (4.01 x 2.2 inches)
Worldwide shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.
Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Noam Adler, “A Comprehensive Catalog of Oil Lamps of the Holy Land from the Adler Collection”, (Old City Press: Israel, 2004).
The Samaritans known in the Talmud as Kuthim are an ethno-religious group of the Levant. Ancestrally, they are descended from a group of Israelite inhabitants that have connections to ancient Samaria from the beginning of the Babylonian Exile up to the beginning of the Christian Era. The Samaritans, however, derive their name not from this geographical designation, but rather from the term (šamerim), "keeper [of the law]". Religiously, they are the adherents to Samaritanism, a religion based on the Torah. Samaritans claim that their worship (as opposed to mainstream Judaism) is the true religion of the ancient Israelites, predating the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.