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Catalog:Oil Lamps:Jewish: stock #1323058

c. 37 BCE-70 CE

This lamp is composed of a wheel made circular body with a raised rim around the fill hole. The spatulated nozzle was made by hand and then added to the body of the lamp.

In very good condition. Slight chip to one side of nozzle. Shows signs of use in antiquity.

3.23 x 2.56 x 1.18 inches (8.2 x 6.5 x 3 cm)

From an American collection. Ships from the United States.

Free shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.


Noam Adler, “A Comprehensive Catalog of Oil Lamps of the Holy Land from the Adler Collectionâ€, (Old City Press: Israel, 2004).


Known as Herodian lamps because of its widespread use during the reign of Herod the Great in Israel (circa 37 BCE to 4 BCE). The type remained in use up to about AD 150 in some parts of the Holy Land, but is normally considered to have gone out of general use by AD 70. Although mainly confined to the Jerusalem area, they have also been found at Herodium, Masada, and other Jewish settlements in the region.

“Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning continually. “ (Leviticus 24:2)

“Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path†(Psalm 119:105)

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