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Home > Catalog > |Antiquities| > |Antiquities by Type| > |Oil Lamps| > AH21270
Ancient Israel, Pinched-Rim Oil Lamp, Late Bronze I - Late Bronze IIA, 1550 - 1300 B.C.
The similar referenced lamp, Sussman 665, was found at Gezer, Israel, an archaeological site in the foothills of the Judaean Mountains at the border of the Shfela region roughly midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

This type of lamp has many nicknames including: pinched-rim, cocked hat, saucer, and shell type. With few exceptions, they can be roughly dated by the height of the base and the prominence of the rim opposite the nozzle. Both the height of the base and the width of the rim grew over time. On the earliest lamps the edge of the bowl is vertical with no outward folded rim. Most of the earliest lamps have a round bottom, with no distinct base. The last lamps of Southern Israel have a high stepped base comprised of a disk base on a distinct heel. On some of the latest Iron Age lamps the rim becomes so wide and the base so thick that the oil receptical appears somewhat impractically small. The simple pinched-rim form had a revival in the Hellenistic period, at which time the lamps were smaller and of a finer clay.
AH21270. Pinched-rim oil lamp; Sussman p. 54, figure 6.33; 665 (Gezer), Petrie Gerar 91p; 6.3 cm (2 1/2") high, 12.1 cm (4 3/4") long, 13.8 cm (5 3/8") wide, Choice, cracking, minor reconstruction, burn mark, Late Bronze I - Late Bronze IIA, 1550 - 1300 B.C.; wheel-made with wheel marks on underside (perhaps intended to be decorative), buff-brown clay with a cream slip, thin-walled shallow bowl, lip slightly everted, v-shaped spout, round thick bottom made by adding clay to the underside of the turned bowl; ex Edgar L. Owen; $200.00




  







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