JEWISH SAMARITAN TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP (SEALED DISCUS)
Catalog:Oil Lamps:Jewish: stock #1286148
Late 3rd- 5th Century CE
Like most lamps from this period this example sits low to the ground on a ring base and has a star shaped handle. The nozzle is concave with a linear motif above. The shoulders are decorated with various geometric patterns. An unbroken discus such as this one is unusual and allows one to see the condition of the lamp as it would have been when purchased, prior to the breaking of the discus.
In excellent and original condition.
8.5 x 6.5 cm (3.35 x 2.56 inches)
Worldwide Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.
Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
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.
Lamps such as this one were sold with the discus sealed and were then broken prior to the first use for reasons of religious purity. That this discus remains unbroken indicates that it was never used and possibly never left the shop where it was made.