A LARGE JEWISH-SAMARITAN TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP
Catalog:Oil Lamps:Jewish: stock #793170
c. 5th-6th Century A.D.
Elongated body with wide nozzle , decorated kite-shaped knob handle , covered with geometric and floral motives . Found in Beit-Shean. In very good and original condition.
5 x 2.83 x 1.46 inches (12.8 x 7.2 x 3.7 cms)
Plexiglas stand, worldwide shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.
Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority.
Qedem 8 , “Ancient Lamps in the Schloessinger Collection”, (Jerusalem, 1978)
Noam Adler, “A Comprehensive Catalog of Oil Lamps of the Holy Land from the Adler Collection”, (Old City Press: Israel, 2004).
The Samaritans known in the Talmud as Kuthim are an ethno-religious group of the Levant. Ancestrally, they are descended from a group of Israelite inhabitants that have connections to ancient Samaria from the beginning of the Babylonian Exile up to the beginning of the Christian Era. The Samaritans, however, derive their name not from this geographical designation, but rather from the term (šāmĕrım), "keeper [of the law]".Religiously, they are the adherents to Samaritanism, a religion based on the Torah. Samaritans claim that their worship (as opposed to mainstream Judaism) is the true religion of the ancient Israelites, predating the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.