A BEIT NATIF TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP FROM THE HOLY LAND
Catalog:Oil Lamps:Jewish: stock #1314584
4th-5th Century CE
This deceptively simple lamp is composed of a round body on a ring base with a bow-shaped nozzle and a small pyramid shaped handle. The nozzle has a narrow rim around its edge and is pinched to create the impression that it is voluted. The lamp is decorated with floral and geometric designs and is embellished with a red slip. The soot on the nozzle shows signs of use in antiquity. This piece can be identified as a later example of the type due to its slightly wider nozzle and its decorative style.
In excellent and original condition with natural Holy Land patina present.
8.5 x 5.5 cm (3.34 x 2.16 inches)
Display stand, 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).
These lamps are named for the site of the primary workshop located in southern Israel and are identifiable by their unique form and decoration.
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)