A SAMARITAN TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP
Catalog:Oil Lamps:Jewish: stock #805634
c. 5th Century A.D.
This unique oil lamp is made of pinkish clay and consists of a small nozzle, a circular body and a ring base. The body is decorated with a series of circles and a swastika on either shoulder. Part of the handle is missing but otherwise intact. Found in Sebastia-Samaria. In very good and original condition.
3.66 x 2.67 x 1.26 inches (9.3 x 6.8 x 3.2 cms)
Custom lucite stand, worldwide shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.
Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority.
Israeli and Avida, “Oil Lamps from Eretz Israel: The Louis and Carmen Warschaw Collection at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.”, (The Israel Museum: Jerusalem, 1988).
Noam Adler, “A Comprehensive Catalog of Oil Lamps of the Holy Land from the Adler Collection”, (Old City Press: Israel, 2004).
Though vilified in most parts of the world after World War II, the Swastika is actually a sign of good luck and prosperity. The word “SWASTIKA” is derived from the Sanskrit word: “SVASTIKAH”, which means “Being Fortunate”
Archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates from the Neolithic period. An ancient symbol, it occurs mainly in the cultures that are in modern day India and the surrounding area, sometimes as a geometrical motif (as in the Roman Republic and Empire) and sometimes as a religious symbol.
In Christianity, the swastika is sometimes used as a hooked version of the Christian Cross, the symbol of Christ's victory over death and can be found in the catacombs in Rome. There are even Jewish Swastikas found in ancient synagogues side-by-side with the Star of David (which is not too surprising considering that the Star of David was originally Hindu too).