A LARGE BYZANTINE TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP
Catalog:Oil Lamps:Christian: stock #1262386
c. 6th -7th Century A.D.
Mold-made with a large fill-hole and an integral nozzle with two wick holes present on a ring base. The nozzle is decorated with a stylized palm tree with two stylized â€śflights of stairsâ€ť on either side. A large handle is present and is decorated with four circles around a central raised dot. This may be a stylized cross or a reference to the five wounds of Christ.
In excellent and original condition. Found in Bethlehem.
5.9 x 3.32 x 3.66 inches (14.99 x 8.44 x 9.3 cm)
Noam Adler, â€śA Comprehensive Catalog of Oil Lamps of the Holy Land from the Adler Collectionâ€ť, (Old City Press: Israel, 2004.)
Stanislao Loffreda, â€ś Light and Life: Ancient Christian Oil Lamps of the Holy Landâ€ť, (Franciscan Printing Press: Jerusalem, 2001)