A HERODIAN TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP AND ALABASTRON FROM THE TIME OF CHRIST
Please refer to our stock # L.58 when inquiring.
c. 37 BCE- 70 CE
This lamp is composed of a round, wheel-made body with a hand-made spatulated nozzle. When made, the two parts of the lamp were joined and the join was then smoothed over with a knife. The lamp is largely undecorated with the exception of a raised rim on the body which creates a ledge around the fill hole. Soot on the nozzle indicated use in antiquity.
The Alabastron, or perfume bottle, is also wheel-made and is composed primarily of an ovoid body. The cylindrical neck and the everted rim help to slow the flow of perfume from the bottle when in use.
In excellent condition with natural Holy Land patina present.
Lamp: 7.95 x 5.95 cm (3.13 x 2.34 inches)
Alabstron: 13.5 cm (5.31 inches)
Plexiglas Display Stand, 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).
Stanislao Loffreda, “Holy Land Pottery at the Time of Jesus”, (Franciscan Press, 2003)
Known as Herodian lamps because of its widespread use during the reign of Herod the Great in Israel (circa 37 BCE to 4 BCE). The type remained in use up to about AD 150 in some parts of the Holy Land, but is normally considered to have gone out of general use by AD 70. Although mainly confined to the Jerusalem area, they have also been found at Herodium, Masada, and other Jewish settlements in the region.
“Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning continually. “ (Leviticus 24:2)
“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.” (Proverbs 27:9)
Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?” (Romans 9:21)