A SAMARITAN TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP FROM THE HOLY LAND
Please refer to our stock # L.236 when inquiring.
c. 300-500 CE
Made in a two-part mold this lamp is an excellent example of a multi-nozzle Samaritan lamp and a reminder that lamps in antiquity were used to light large, as well as small spaces. Containing five nozzles, this lamp would have produced significantly more light than its smaller, personal counterparts. Formally and decoratively it continues the tradition of previous Samaritan lamps. The body is primarily round before flaring outward to accommodate the five wick holes. Its entirety is decorated with geometric and floral motifs, a concept known as “horror vacuii” or fear of empty space. Horror vacuii is a hallmark of Samaritan oil lamps. The fill hole is unbroken, indicating that it was never used in antiquity or even prepared for use by the ritual breaking of the fill hole.
In pristine condition.
Produced in Samaria (biblical Shomron). Found in Jerusalem.
13 x 12.5 x 5 cm (5.12 x 4.92 x 1.97 inches)
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).
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.
“Assurance of Zion's Salvation For Zion's sake I will not hold My peace, And for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest,Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, And her salvation as a lamp that burns.” (Isaiah 62:1)
“Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp.” (Jeremiah 25:10)
"And it shall come to pass at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And punish the men Who are settled in complacency,Who say in their heart, 'The LORD will not do good, Nor will He do evil.' (Zephaniah 1:12)