A BYZANTINE TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP WITH GREEK INSCRIPTION
Please refer to our stock # WL.5 when inquiring.
c. Late 5th-8th Century CE
This mold-made oil lamp sits on a ring base with a raised rim around the fill hole. A stylized palm tree or tree of life motif is above the nozzle and the Greek inscription “pretty lamp” is present on the shoulders.
In fine condition with mostly clear inscription and natural patina present. Restoration on left side of lamp near seam. Please see pictures.
8.8 x 6.05 x 3.50 (3.46 x 2.38 x 1.38 inches)
Provenance: From a private American collection acquired in the Holy Land. Ships from our United States location.
Worldwide Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.
Stanislao Loffreda, “Light and Life: Ancient Christian Oil Lamps of the Holy Land” (Jerusalem: 2001)
Noam Adler, “A Comprehensive Catalog of Oil Lamps of the Holy Land from the Adler Collection”, (Old City Press: Israel, 2004.)
Eugenia L. Nitowski, Inscribed and Radiated-Type Byzantine Lamps in Andrews University Seminary Studies (AUSS) XII:I (January 1974), pp. 18-34
“Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105)