A SAMARITAN TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP
Please refer to our stock # L.218 when inquiring.
c. Late 3rd -5th Century CE
Sitting on a small, ring base this lamp has a circular body terminating in a wide, short nozzle with concave sides. The nozzle is decorated with a ladder motif with various Samaritan motifs decorating the shoulders of the lamp. The handle is diminutive and in the shape of a star. The discus was broken after purchase in antiquity for reasons of religious purity.
In good condition.
7.5 x 6.5 cm (2.95 x 2.56 inches)
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.
“You're word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105)