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Ancient Coins of Arabia
Byzantine Palestina III, Petraean-Early Byzantine Oil Lamp, c. 325 - 520 A.D.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Byzantine| |Palestina| |III,| |Petraean-Early| |Byzantine| |Oil| |Lamp,| |c.| |325| |-| |520| |A.D.|,
Grawehr writes, "...firstly, lamps of this period were produced with great care and are well fired; they were of far better quality than their predecessors of the 3rd century A.D. Secondly, one single type - the Petraean-Early Byzantine lamp - is clearly dominating, and thirdly, this type is concentrated in a relatively small area east of the Wadi Arabah between Wadi Mujib and the Red Sea." He further notes that the quality attests to an upswing in the regional economy, but the distribution indicates increasing regionalism.
AL21909. Petraean-Early Byzantine Oil Lamp; Grawehr type L, 504 (very similar, Petra, Ez Zantur III, 325-520 A.D.); 8.7 cm long, 6.0 cm wide, Choice, intact, tiny chip in fill hole edge, small chip in shoulder (visible in photo), c. 325 - 520 A.D.; red clay, cream slip, mold-made, thin walled, piriform body, single rim around wick hole, double rim around large filling hole, very small knob handle, lines on nozzle radiating from wick hole the outer lines ending in a spiral, curved lines radiating from filling hole on shoulders, ring base, maker's mark VV on bottom below the handle; $280.00 SALE |PRICE| $252.00

Roman Arabia, Gerasa, Decapolis (|Jerash, Jordan), Jerash Oil Lamp, c. 70 - 150 A.D.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Roman| |Arabia,| |Gerasa,| |Decapolis| |(|Jerash,| |Jordan),| |Jerash| |Oil| |Lamp,| |c.| |70| |-| |150| |A.D.|,
Jerash, Jordan is north of the national capital Amman. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, itís known for the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman city Gerasa just outside the modern city. The historian Josephus mentions the city as being principally inhabited by Syrians, but also having a small Jewish community. "Jerash lamps" parallel the very similar Jewish "Daroma" lamps" of Judaea. A large group of "Jerash lamps" was found in a potters shop excavated in Jerash, hence the name. Some Jerash lamps have been found in Israel, at Beit-Guvrin, Nazareth, Caesarea, and other sites. Usually the nozzle is decorated with a fig or grape leaf, decorations on the shoulders vary but floral and geometric patterns are most common. Jerash lamps are most easily identified when they have a red slip is carelessly splashed on the upper half. Gerasa
AL93897. Jerash Oil Lamp, cf. Adler 3.4, 356; Schloessinger 391; Baily BMC -; 8.9 cm (3 1/2") long; 5.7 cm (2 1/4") wide, near Choice, a few bumps, ornamentation a little weak with details obscure, light deposits, c. 70/75 - 150 A.D.; mold made, fine buff-brown clay, red slip "carelessly splashed" on the upper half, round body, bow shaped nozzle, knob handle, flat low disk base, ornamented with a leaf(?) on the nozzle, a bunch of grapes and grape leaves on each side of the curved shoulders; $140.00 SALE |PRICE| $126.00

Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Petra, Arabia

|Decapolis,| |Arabia| |&| |Syria|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.,| |Petra,| |Arabia|, |AE| |25|
UNESCO describes Petra as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage." The BBC selected Petra as one of "the 40 places you have to see before you die."
RP84854. Bronze AE 25, Spijkerman 32, Rosenberger 19, SGICV 2281, SNG ANS -, VF, attractive earthen fill, weight 10.019 g, maximum diameter 24.9 mm, die axis 0o, Petra mint, 9 Apr 193 - 4 Feb 211 A.D.; obverse AV K Λ CEΠT CEOYHPOC IN ΠEP CEB (or similar), laureate bust right; reverse METPOΠOΛIC A∆PIAN ΠETRA, Tyche seated left on rock, turreted and veiled, right hand extended and open, trophy over shoulder in left; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00



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