A BEIT NATIF TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP

A BEIT NATIF TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1311568

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4th-5th Century CE

Named for the site of the primary workshop where these lamps were produced in southern Israel they have a distinct form and decoration. Made of a round body with a bow-shaped nozzle and a small handle, now broken. The nozzle has a narrow rim around its edge and is pinched to create the impression it is voluted. Like all Beit-Natif lamps, this example is thoroughly decorated with a raised rim around the fill hole, geometric decorations on the shoulders and an acanthus leaf and concentric circles on the nozzle. The lamp is then further embellished with a red slip. Soot on the nozzle shows signs of use in antiquity.

Crack on base, otherwise in excellent condition. Found south of Jerusalem.

8.5 x 5.5 cm (3.34 x 2.16 inches)

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Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Bibliography:

Noam Adler, “A Comprehensive Catalog of Oil Lamps of the Holy Land from the Adler Collection”, (Old City Press: Israel, 2004).

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“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)