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Home > Catalog > |Antiquities| > |Antiquities by Type| > |Oil Lamps| > AL21912
Judaean Kingdom - Roman Judaea, Herodian Oil Lamp, c. 25 B.C. - 100 A.D.
This simple but elegant lamp design was developed during the reign of Herod, and thus they are called Herodian Lamps today. The type is found throughout all of Israel, especially in Jewish towns and areas, such as Jerusalem and Judea. Some have been found in Jordan. It is believed to be a type used mainly by Jews. They remained in common use until the end of the first century. The latest examples, from the middle of the second century, have been found in Judean Desert caves. Attempts have been made to more precisely date some of these lamps based on variations, however, excavations indicate the variations are simultaneous.

Chips in the filling hole edge are very common and were apparently often made intentionally by their ancient owners. Perhaps the larger hole made filling it easier or perhaps the hole was enlarged to retrieve a wick that fell inside. Despite this interesting historical feature, we will not charge you extra for the extra large hole. In fact, this lamp is considerably cheaper than a similar lamp without the chip.
AL21912. Herodian oil lamp, cf. Adler 3.1.HER.3, 98; Hayes ROM 53; Schloessinger 332; Bailey BMC -; 8.7 cm (3 7/16") long, 5.7 cm (2 1/4") wide, near Choice, intact, chips in filling hole rim, c. 25 B.C. - 100 A.D.; reverse rounded wheel made body with flat top, sharp carination to vertical sides, nozzle with a splayed shape with nearly straight sides hand-formed separately and attached, joint between the nozzle and body smoothed with a knife, rim around filling hole; orange clay, cream slip, rounded wheel made body with nearly flat top, rounded carination to vertical sides, nozzle with a splayed shape hand-formed separately and attached, joint between the nozzle and body smoothed with a knife, rim outside very narrow discus ledge around filling hole, incised line across nozzle; SOLD











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