A MIDDLE BRONZE AGE TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP
Catalog:Pottery:Bronze Age: stock #1370481
Middle Bronze Age I; 2200-1950 BCE
This early period oil lamp is created by bending the sides of a bowl inward to create the four nozzles seen here. Oil is placed in the lamp and four wicks are placed in either nozzle. It is this simple ingenuity that gives this lamp its charm as well as providing a large amount of light for its original owners.
In excellent condition.
From private American collection.
Ruth Amiran, â€śAncient Pottery of the Holy Landâ€ť, (Rutgers University Press, 1970), p.79-83; pl. 22.
An early example of its type this lamp shows the true genius of the ancient world and its inhabitants ability to innovate. So popular was this shape that its use continued into the Late Bronze Age with multi-wick lamps in general maintaining popularity even beyond antiquity itself.