A BEIT NATIF TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP FROM THE HOLY LAND
Please refer to our stock # L.234 when inquiring.
4th-5th Century CE
This 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 shoulders are decorated with geometric designs and the lamp 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 original condition with natural Holy Land patina present. Slight chipping to wick hole, otherwise in excellent condition.
8.5 x 5.6 cm (3.34 x 2.20 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.
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)