A MULTI-NOZZLE OIL LAMP FROM THE HOLY LAND
Catalog:Oil Lamps:Roman: stock #1371307
Roman Period; 2nd-3rd Century CE
This exquisite oil lamp is a rare, intact example of a beautiful type found during the Roman period in the Holy Land. Unlike most lamps which have a simple body for holding the oil, this example is composed of a ring to distribute oil to all of the eleven rounded nozzles. The center of the ring contains two crossed bands which serve as both decoration and a handle/suspension device. The lamp is mold made allowing for the sharply defined foliate design which survives to this day. The three recessed holes served as fill holes for the oil.
In excellent condition.
From a private American collection.
Noam Adler, â€śA Comprehensive Catalog of Oil Lamps of the Holy Land from the Adler Collectionâ€ť, (Old City Press: Israel, 2004).