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Late Roman - Byzantine, Holyland (Syro-Palestinian), Bi-Lanceolate Pottery Oil Lamp, c. 300 - 500 A.D.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Late| |Roman| |-| |Byzantine,| |Holyland| |(Syro-Palestinian),| |Bi-Lanceolate| |Pottery| |Oil| |Lamp,| |c.| |300| |-| |500| |A.D.|,
Adler notes these lamps are found throughout the northern part of Israel, especially in Beit Shean and Hamat Gader, and date to the fourth and fifth centuries. At this time, Beit Shean, was primarily Christian, but evidence of Jewish habitation and a Samaritan synagogue indicate established minority communities. Hamat Gader was already a well known health and recreation site in Roman times, mentioned in Strabo, Origen and Eunapius, as well as the Rabbinic literature. Construction of the bath complex began in the 2nd century by the 10th Roman Legion, which was garrisoned in nearby Gadara (modern Umm Qais). The ancient Hebrew name means hot springs of (the ancient city of) Gadara. The Arabic name El-Hamma preserves this, and the name of the tel located near the site, Tel Bani, is a corruption of the Latin word meaning "baths." The empress Aelia Eudocia composed a poem praising the qualities of the multiple springs which was inscribed so that visitors could see it as they went into the pool. The photo to the right is of the ancient Roman baths. Click the photo to see a larger image.Hammat Gader Baths
AL93918. Bi-lanceolate pottery oil lamp; Adler Collection (website) type N2; 8.0 cm (3 1/8") long, near Choice, complete and intact, light encrustation, wear, c. 300 - 500 A.D.; pink-buff clay, mold made with incised decoration, the body includes the entire lamp from tip of nozzle to tip of "tongue" handle, wide rim surrounds a large fill hole, incised herring-bone geometric wreath pattern on narrow convex shoulders, two incised lengthwise lines on the handle, incised lines between fill hold rim and nozzle; bi-lanceolate oil lamp similar condition to the lamp in the photo, limit one per customer please; SOLD Out of Stock!

Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, Small Glass Bowl, c. Mid 1st - 3rd Century A.D.

|Glass| |Antiquities|, |Roman,| |Eastern| |Mediterranean,| |Small| |Glass| |Bowl,| |c.| |Mid| |1st| |-| |3rd| |Century| |A.D.|,
In his Satyricon, the satirist Petronius’ tells the story of a Roman glass-maker who invented flexible glass and was granted an audience with the Roman emperor Tiberius. After Tiberius examined a glass cup, he handed it back to the glass-maker, who threw it to the floor. The emperor was shocked, but the cup did not shatter and was only dented. The glass-maker beat the glass with a little hammer, and in no time, the cup regained its original shape. Tiberius asked if anybody else knew how to make this flexible glass, to which the glass-maker replied, no. The glass maker was expecting a reward for his invention, but instead, Tiberius had him executed, thus taking the secret of making flexible glass with him to his grave. Tiberius executed the glass-maker because he was afraid flexible glass would cause gold to be devalued. Believe it or not, Pliny tells this same story in his, Natural History!
AG20812. cf. Harter A17, Isings 18, Newark Museum 101, Bomford 98, Choice, intact, areas of weathering and iridescence, very tiny chips in the edge, small glass bowl, mold pressed thin pale green transparent glass; 13.8 cm (4 3/8") diameter, 3.9 cm (1 1/2") high; spherical shell, curving outward toward edge, rolled up and in lip with ground edge, bottom slightly concave, ornamented with light wheel-incised horizontal bands on exterior; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years; SOLD

Israelite, Copper Dagger Blade, Time of Abraham and Joseph, Middle Bronze Age, c. 2000 - 1570 B.C.

|Metal| |Arrowheads|, |Israelite,| |Copper| |Dagger| |Blade,| |Time| |of| |Abraham| |and| |Joseph,| |Middle| |Bronze| |Age,| |c.| |2000| |-| |1570| |B.C.|,
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

In Canaan, in the Intermediate and Early and Middle Bronze Age, c. 2200 - 1570 B.C., most people lived in meager settlements of sheds and round huts. Cemeteries and funerary offerings are the principle remnants of the culture. The tombs and mortuary methods reveals that those interred with copper daggers, the warrior's weapon of the period, were awarded preferential treatment in death.

AA36792. Dagger blade; cf. Ben-Tor, Azor 1971, Qedem 1, pl. 22.2; Maxwell-Hyslop 1946 types 20-21; McAlpine 17.21; Malloy Auction XXXIV, 1607; 12 cm long, Choice with patina, triangular shape with midrib, two rivets at base (one broken off); SOLD

Roman (Palestinian?), Clear Glass Lion Head Appliqué, c. 1st Half of 4th Century A.D.

|Malloy| |Glass|, |Roman| |(Palestinian?),| |Clear| |Glass| |Lion| |Head| |Appliqué,| |c.| |1st| |Half| |of| |4th| |Century| |A.D.|,
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AM32469. Lion head, cf. Ontario Museum 606 (attached to ribbed handle, probably found in Palestine, perhaps 1st half of 4th century A.D. or earlier), a magnificent object!, 2.5cm (1"), near colorless pale aquamarine, in full relief, chip at top of head; scarce; SOLD

Ancient Israel, Pottery Bowl, Early Bronze Age I, 3100 - 2900 B.C.

|Malloy| |Holyland| |Pottery|, |Ancient| |Israel,| |Pottery| |Bowl,| |Early| |Bronze| |Age| |I,| |3100| |-| |2900| |B.C.|,
Early Bronze Age I was a time of rural proto-urban unwalled cities. Houses were mostly either apsidal or ellipsoidal, with one or both ends curved. Caves were also used as homes.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

Found in Israel.
AM48112. Pottery bowl; Amiran -; light orange-buff clay; hand-made, bulbous body, four vertical side lugs; 4 ½ inches diameter, Superb, intact, very rare; SOLD

South Arabian, Sabaean Hematite Seal, c. 1000 B.C.

|Seals|, |South| |Arabian,| |Sabaean| |Hematite| |Seal,| |c.| |1000| |B.C.|,
AA31273. Sabaean hematite seal, 1.2 cm (1/2") long, horse rampant before seated God on X stool, drill and line cut design, the design and shape are most unusual; rare; SOLD

Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, Glass Miniature Juglet, Mid 2nd - 4th Century A.D.

|Glass| |Antiquities|, |Roman,| |Eastern| |Mediterranean,| |Glass| |Miniature| |Juglet,| |Mid| |2nd| |-| |4th| |Century| |A.D.|,
Miniature pottery juglets, invariably decorated with scenes involving young children, have been found in graves of Hellenistic and Roman children. Perhaps they were also used as toys in life. The purpose of this beautiful tiny juglet is uncertain but it seems quite delicate for a child's toy.
AG21024. cf. Isings 88b, Choice, complete and intact, much weathering, some iridescence, glass miniature juglet, 8.5 cm (3 3/8") tall, 4.1 cm (1 5/8") diameter, finely made, free blown thin near colorless glass, bell shaped body tapering to bottom, trail handle attached below the rim and on the shoulder, kicked bottom; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years; very rare; SOLD

Judean, "Daroma" Terracotta Lamp, 1st Century - First Half of 2nd Century A.D.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Judean,| |"Daroma"| |Terracotta| |Lamp,| |1st| |Century| |-| |First| |Half| |of| |2nd| |Century| |A.D.|,
“And you shall command the people of Israel that they bring to you pure beaten olive-oil for the light, that a lamp may be set to burn continually.” Exodus 27:20.

Adler writes, "The decorations testify that these lamps were manufactured and used by Jews." An olive spray, the source of the lamp fuel, ornaments the top of this lamp.

Adler also notes the site of the workshop or workshops for this group is uncertain but "it seems certain they were made in one location because of their common features."
AL34113. Jewish Terracotta Lamp, cf. Adler group 3.3.D.5, no. 325; Warschaw 107 -108, Superb; 9.5 cm (3 3/4"), finely made, ring handle, flat discus with olive branch ornamentation on shoulder, lily on volute nozzle; very attractive; SOLD

Ancient Israel, Pottery High Handle Cup, Early Bronze Age I, 3100 - 2900 B.C.

|Holy| |Land| |Antiquities|, |Ancient| |Israel,| |Pottery| |High| |Handle| |Cup,| |Early| |Bronze| |Age| |I,| |3100| |-| |2900| |B.C.|,
Parallels for this Early Bronze Age form have been found at Jericho and other sites in ancient Israel.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

Found in Israel.
AM48111. Pottery high handle cup; Amiran photo 60; light orange-buff clay, Superb, intact, hand-made, bulbous body ornamented with red painted angles and vertical lines, short neck, round flat base, high strap handle, 3 ¾ inches high; SOLD

Ancient Israel, Pottery Bowl, Middle Bronze Age IIB, 1730 - 1550 B.C.

|Vessels| |and| |Tableware|, |Ancient| |Israel,| |Pottery| |Bowl,| |Middle| |Bronze| |Age| |IIB,| |1730| |-| |1550| |B.C.|,
Time of Joseph and slavery in Egypt.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

Found in Israel.
AM48132. Pottery bowl; white-buff, wheel-made, ovoid body declining to ring base, some carination, slightly flairing rim, 2 ¾ inches high, 6 ¾ inches diameter, Superb gem, intact, SOLD


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