Clay oil lamp
Holy Land, Roman period, Herodian
37 BC - 70 AD
Time of Jesus and King Herod the Great
Length: 7.5 cm
Width: 5.5 cm
Condition: Good condition as found
Found in Bethlehem south of Jerusalem, Israel
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