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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 681719

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Biblical Artifacts
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at The Inbal Hotel, Liberty Bell Park, 3 Jabotinsky Street
P. O. Box 14646, Jerusalem 9114601, Israel
tel. 972 2 583 7606

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c. 37 B.C. -70 A.D.

Wheel made oil lamp with circular body with raised rim around filling hole. Alabastron (ancient perfume bottle) wheel made using pale clay with exaggerated neck and remains of circular brown paint on body. Found in Jerusalem. Both in very good and original condition.

Lamp: 3.15 x .59 inches (8 x 1.5cms)

Alabastron: 5.5 x .79 inches (14 x 2 cms)

Custom Plexiglas stand, worldwide shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.

Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority.


Noam Adler, “A Comprehensive Catalogue of Oil Lamps of the Holy Land from the Adler Collection”, (Old City Press: Israel, 2004).

Stanislao Loffreda, “Holy Land Pottery at the Time of Jesus”, (Franciscan Press, 2003)


Known as the Herodian because of its widespread use during the reign of Herod the Great in Israel (circa 37 BC to 4 BC), this lamp was wheelmade with the spout applied by hand. Thus, every Herodian lamp is slightly different. The type remained in use up to about AD 150 in some parts of the Holy Land, but is normally considered to have gone out of general use by AD 70. Although mainly confined to the Jerusalem area, they have also been found at Herodian, Masada, and other Jewish settlements in the region.