A BEIT NATIF TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP FROM THE HOLY LAND
Please refer to our stock # L.232 when inquiring.
4th-5th Century CE
This deceptively simple lamp is composed of a round body on a ring base with a bow-shaped nozzle and a small pyramid shaped handle. The nozzle has a narrow rim around its edge and is pinched to create the impression that it is voluted. The lamp is decorated with floral and geometric designs and is embellished with a red slip. The soot on the nozzle shows signs of use in antiquity. This piece can be identified as a later example of the type due to its slightly wider nozzle and its decorative style.
In excellent and original condition with natural Holy Land patina present.
8.5 x 5.5 cm (3.34 x 2.16 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).
These lamps are named for the site of the primary workshop located in southern Israel and are identifiable by their unique form and decoration.
“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)