c. 70-135 CE
This large mold made oil lamp is an excellent example of its type. The body is circular with a volute nozzle attached. The discus of the lamp is delineated by a small rim around the fill hole and another on the edge of the lamp. This area is well decorated with a grape leaf with tendrils above the nozzle terminating in two clusters of grapes, one of either side of the fill hole. A perforated handle is attached on the rear of the lamp. The soot on the nozzle shows signs of use in antiquity.
In excellent and original condition.
102 x 71 mm (4.01 x 2.79 inches)
Worldwide shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.
Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority
Noam Adler, “A Comprehensive Catalog of Oil Lamps of the Holy Land from the Adler Collection”, (Old City Press: Israel, 2004)
Varda Sussman, "Ornamented Jewish oil-lamps : from the destruction of the Second Temple through the Bar-Kokhba Revolt",(Jerusalem: 1982), fig. 200.
Lamps of this type are extremely rare and are generally given the name “Darom” based on their area of production, in the southern part of Judea, as well as the time period in which they were produced. The relatively short period of production, c. 70-135 A.D., refers to the period between the First Jewish War and the Bar Kochba revolts which occurred in the then Roman province.
“Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning. In the tent of meeting, outside the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law, Aaron and his sons are to keep the lamps burning before the Lord from evening till morning. (Exodus 27: 20-21)
"Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." (Psalms 119:105)