A BEIT NATIF TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP
Catalog:Oil Lamps:Jewish: stock #1311568
4th-5th Century CE
Named for the site of the primary workshop where these lamps were produced in southern Israel they have a distinct form and decoration. Made of a round body with a bow-shaped nozzle and a small handle, now broken. The nozzle has a narrow rim around its edge and is pinched to create the impression it is voluted. Like all Beit-Natif lamps, this example is thoroughly decorated with a raised rim around the fill hole, geometric decorations on the shoulders and an acanthus leaf and concentric circles on the nozzle. The lamp is then further embellished with a red slip. Soot on the nozzle shows signs of use in antiquity.
Crack on base, otherwise in excellent condition. Found south of Jerusalem.
8.5 x 5.5 cm (3.34 x 2.16 inches)
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).
â€śCommand the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning continually. â€ś (Leviticus 24:2)