AN EARLY SAMARITAN TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP
Catalog:Oil Lamps:Jewish: stock #1213922
c. Late 3rd-5th Century A.D.
Mold made consisting of a short concave nozzle with ladder designs on both sides as well as above the wick hole. The body and shoulders are decorated with alternating geometric designs within a border and concentric circles. The handle is star shaped and there is a small ring foot on the base of the lamp.
In excellent and original condition. Found in Judea.
3.5 x 2.5 x 2 inches (8.89 x 6.35 x 5.08 cm)
Worldwide shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.
Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Noam Adler, â€śA Comprehensive Catalog of Oil Lamps of the Holy Land from the Adler Collectionâ€ť, (Old City Press: Israel, 2004).
The population living in the Samaria region was mainly Samaritan but also included Jews, Christians and Pagans. The Samaritans developed a unique culture, including special symbols, art and lamps. The Samaritan lamps are characterized by their shape and decorations and appear from the end of the Roman period to the Early Islamic period. Other populations in the region used the lamps as well, and they are found throughout Israel and Jordan.