with "tripod" base; Adler type BYZ.2, cf. Adler 924; Sussman Late 1632; Bailey BMC II Q2332; Qedem 8 48" />
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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Antiquities| > |Antiquities by Type| > |Oil Lamps| > AL78085
Byzantine, Holyland (Syria Palaestina), Large "Candlestick" Oil Lamp, c. 480 - 800 A.D.
|Oil| |Lamps|, |Byzantine,| |Holyland| |(Syria| |Palaestina),| |Large| |"Candlestick"| |Oil| |Lamp,| |c.| |480| |-| |800| |A.D.|, The pattern on the nozzle, branches issuing from a central ridge, is often called a "candlestick," meaning it is a representation of the menorah. This is the most menorah-like variation with the "candlestick" on a "tripod" base. Some authorities believe it is a palm branch and it is sometimes indecisively called a a palm-menorah. The strongest evidence that the palm-menorah actually is a menorah is a variation of this lamp with a cross on the nozzle. This suggests that Jews and Christians used the same type of lamp, differentiated only by their respective religious symbol, a phenomenon also encountered on North African Red-Slip Lamps. The type is found across Israel but most commonly in Jerusalem and within 50 kilometers of Jerusalem. See our |Candlestick |Lamps page in NumisWiki.
AL78085. Large "Candlestick" Oil Lamp with "tripod" base; Adler type BYZ.2, cf. Adler 924; Sussman Late 1632; Bailey BMC II Q2332; Qedem 8 48, Superb, light deposits, soot on the nozzle, 10.0cm (4") long, 6.4cm (2 1/2") wide, 3.4cm (1 3/8") tall, c. 480 - 800 A.D.; pink-buff light clay, chalk inclusions, tear drop shape from above, no handle, double rim around filling hole, decorative radiating pattern around shoulder, nozzle ornamented with six branches curving upward and two downward from a central ridge (menorah with a tripod base?), ring base; ex Amphora Coins (David Hendin) with his photo-authenticity receipt (2 Feb 2018), noting, "A local oil lamp found in Israel, purchase by me in Jerusalem more than 20 years ago from a licensed dealer."; SOLD










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