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"Daroma" Type Oil Lamp Fragment from Caesarea Maritima


Hi, all.  Here is an interesting "Daroma" Type D.3 oil lamp fragment from Caesarea M. consisting of a complete nozzle and part of the body.  The shape is somewhat similar to the so-called "Herodian" lamps but it is mould made, not wheel made, as can be seen by the internal seam from the two part mould and the raised decoration on the body.  A photo of an intact example from the Adler Collection, nearly identical to ours, is shown below.  Any additional information or correction to the description is always welcomed.  Thanks, V-drome

Decorated Oil Lamp Fragment
Caesarea Maritima  1st-2nd Century CE
Fragment of an Early Roman oil lamp consisting of a complete nozzle attached
to a remnant of the body.  These mould made lamps, a sub-type of the "Daroma"
or "Southern" group of oil lamps, are found in two areas - along the northern coast
of Israel and in the Samaria Hills.  Decoration on these lamps, in this case an egg
and dart design, typically consisted of a limited number of simple patterns surrounding
a large filler hole and encircled by a rim.  The fabric of this piece is a medium fine
grained, light tan clay, with faint traces of pale red/orange slip.  The inside of the
nozzle shows evidence of the two part mould seam which was smoothed over externally.
Dimensions: 4.4 x 3.25 x 1.95cm.  Weight: 11.76gm.
Cf. Adler 302-11, (Type D.3); RomQ Reference Coll. RSP7
Surface find Caesarea Maritima, 1974
(click for larger pic)


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