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Roman Egypt, 2 Glass Bracelets, c. 1st - 2nd Century A.D.

|Glass| |Antiquities|, |Roman| |Egypt,| |2| |Glass| |Bracelets,| |c.| |1st| |-| |2nd| |Century| |A.D.|,
 
AS96265. Roman Egypt, 2 small glass bracelets, c. 1st - 2nd century A.D., c. 34 and 43 mm interior diameter (small child size), plain blue - green glass, ex Forum (2013); $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00


Roman Arabia, Gerasa, Decapolis (|Jerash, Jordan), Jerash "Daroma" Variant Oil Lamp, c. 2nd Century A.D.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Roman| |Arabia,| |Gerasa,| |Decapolis| |(|Jerash,| |Jordan),| |Jerash| |"Daroma"| |Variant| |Oil| |Lamp,| |c.| |2nd| |Century| |A.D.|,
Jerash, Jordan is north of the national capital Amman. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, its known for the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman city Gerasa just outside the modern city. The historian Josephus mentions the city as being principally inhabited by Syrians, but also having a small Jewish community. "Jerash lamps" parallel the very similar Jewish "Daroma" lamps" of Judaea. A large group of "Jerash lamps" was found in a potters shop excavated in Jerash, hence the name. Some Jerash lamps have been found in Israel, at Beit-Guvrin, Nazareth, Caesarea, and other sites. Usually the nozzle is decorated with a fig or grape leaf, decorations on the shoulders vary but floral and geometric patterns are most common. This lamp is attributed to Jerash based on its reputed find location (said to be Northern Israel but perhaps actually Jordan) and on the color of the red slip, known there and rare elsewhere. Otherwise this lamp is a bit different from the typical Jerash "Daroma" lamp. Gerasa
AL93896. Jerash "Daroma" variant oil lamp; unpublished type; 8.6 cm (3 5/8") long; 6.4 cm (2 1/2") wide, Choice, complete and intact, tiny chip on shoulder, marks, c. 2nd century A.D.; mold made, fine buff clay, red slip, round body, flat discus ornamented with concentric linear and rope pattern rings, bow shaped nozzle, no handle, flat base; very rare; $180.00 SALE |PRICE| $162.00


Caesarea Maritima, Judaea / Syria Palaestina, 1st - 3rd Century A.D., Lead Half Italian Litra Weight

|Weights| |&| |Scales|, |Caesarea| |Maritima,| |Judaea| |/| |Syria| |Palaestina,| |1st| |-| |3rd| |Century| |A.D.,| |Lead| |Half| |Italian| |Litra| |Weight|,
A nearly identical specimen, from the same mold, was found near Caesarea Maritima in 1949 and is listed in the Corpus Inscriptionum Iudaeae/Palaestinae, Vol. II, Ameling, Cotton, Eck, et.al. on page 621. According to the authors, in Judaea, the term "litra" derived from the Roman word "libra" came to indicate local weight standards between the 1st and 2nd centuries CE. Therefore the word Iταλικη (Italica) was added whenever the Roman standard was intended. This weight is inscribed to indicate it is half an Italian litra. It is about 8 grams short of the standard but it probably originally had an handle attached that would have made it close to the appropriate weight. Around the end of the 3rd century CE, local standards were replaced entirely by the Roman system and the descriptive word Iταλικη was no longer necessary.
AS96251. Corpus Inscriptionum Iudaeae/Palaestinae, Vol. II, p. 621 (nearly identical specimen from the same mold), VF, roughly oval shape, probably missing handle at the top, weight 153.5 g, maximum diameter 87x43 mm, obverse ITA/ΛIK/H H/MI Λ/ITPA (half an Italian litra) in six lines; reverse blank; surface find, Caesarea Maritima, 1974; from The Jimi Berlin Caesarea Collection; very rare; $600.00 SALE |PRICE| $540.00


Byzantine, Transjordan (Northern Israel or Jordan), "Elongated" Pottery Oil Lamp, 500 - 650 A.D.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Byzantine,| |Transjordan| |(Northern| |Israel| |or| |Jordan),| |"Elongated"| |Pottery| |Oil| |Lamp,| |500| |-| |650| |A.D.|,
This type is identified by Adler as a Transjordan elongated lamp. Adler writes that the shoulders are narrow and ornamented with a wide variety of motifs including linear bands, geometric, and floral designs; the handle is tongue shaped projecting horizontally and decorated with three or more bands; the nozzle is decorated with geometric or floral designs or rarely a cross. The type is found in the northern part of Transjordan, and in Israel, mainly in northern Israel and the Beit Shean area.
AL21911. Transjordan elongated lamp; Adler Type 6.3/JOR.1, 968; mould-made; 9.9 cm (3 7/8") long, 6.4 cm (2 1/2") wide, near Choice, some chips to the buff slip exposing pink clay below, 500 - 650 A.D.; pink clay, buff slip, mold made, elongated body, handle rising diagonally, double rim around large filling hole, convex shoulders and sides of nozzle ornamented with alternating diagonal lines and lines of dots, three lines from wick hole to filling hole rim; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00


Roman Palestina or Arabia, Nabataean Pottery Oil Lamp, c. 225 - 300 A.D.

|Hanukkah|, |Roman| |Palestina| |or| |Arabia,| |Nabataean| |Pottery| |Oil| |Lamp,| |c.| |225| |-| |300| |A.D.|,
This lamp came to us in a group accumulated in Israel. The four Nabatean towns of Haluza, Mamshit, Avdat and Shivta, with their associated fortresses and agricultural landscapes linking them to the Mediterranean are in the Negev Desert, southern Israel today. In his, Nabataean Clay Lamps, an Analytical Study of Art and Myths, Nabil Khariy identifies lamps known from the Nabataean sites, especially Petra, which can be differentiated from Greek, Roman and Judaean parallels and identified specifically as Nabataean made. Khariy notes that although the Nabataeans lost their independence in 106 A.D., excavations clearly show aspects of Nabataean culture continued until late in the 6th century A.D. Khariy 66, similar to this lamp, is described as made with a local clay and cruder than similar lamps from non-Nabataean sites. Grawehr type J3, like this lamp, has a larger filling hole than most similar lamps. The larger filling hole is found on late examples of the type.
AL21908. Nabatean Oil Lamp; cf. Khariy 66; Grawehr J3 (Petra, 225-300 A.D.) Murray-Ellis p. 26, 16 (Petra, ND); Negev-Sivan p. 117, 129 (Mampsis, 75-200 A.D.), near Choice, intact, small chips in handle, c. 225 - 300 A.D.; reddish-brown clay, round body, small rounded nozzle, small knob handle, defined ridge separating shoulders from plain concave discus, ten stamped rosettes impressed around shoulders, very low ring base; $150.00 (138.00)


Late Roman - Byzantine, Holyland (Syro-Palestinian), "Elongated" Pottery Oil Lamp, c. 400 - 620 A.D.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Late| |Roman| |-| |Byzantine,| |Holyland| |(Syro-Palestinian),| |"Elongated"| |Pottery| |Oil| |Lamp,| |c.| |400| |-| |620| |A.D.|,
This type is identified by Adler as a Transjordan elongated lamp. Adler writes that the shoulders are narrow and ornamented with a wide variety of motifs including linear bands, geometric, and floral designs; the handle is tongue shaped projecting horizontally and decorated with three or more bands; the nozzle is decorated with geometric or floral designs or rarely a cross. The type is found in the northern part of Transjordan, and in Israel, mainly in northern Israel and the Beit Shean area. They date possibly as early as the fifth century, mostly to the sixth century and extending into the first half of the seventh century. In the Hellenistic and Roman eras Beit Shean was the Decapolis city Scythopolis. Click the photo on the right of the ancient ruins at Beit Shean, to learn more about the city. Scythopolis
AL21923. Transjordan elongated lamp; Adler type JOR.1, cf. 967 ff.; 8.9 cm (3 1/2") long, Average, significant losses of the original surface and ornamentation around the filling hole and on shoulders, yet still potentially functional, c. 400 - 600/620 A.D.; pink-orange clay, cream slip, mold made, elongated body, tongue shaped handle rising diagonally ornamented with three vertical bands, convex shoulders and nozzle ornamented with a pattern of radiating lines, circles, arcs and dots; $45.00 SALE |PRICE| $40.50


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. 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 photo on the right is the inscription of empress Aelia Eudocia's poem praising the qualities of the springs at Hamat Gader, placed where visitors could see it as they went into the pool. Click the photo to see a larger image, translation and more information.Hammat Gader Baths
AL93921. Bi-lanceolate pottery oil lamp; Adler Collection (website) type N2; cf. Schloessinger 450; Bailey BMC -; 8.3 cm (3 1/4") long, near Choice, complete and intact, tiny bumps and chips, c. 300 - 500 A.D.; pink-buff clay, mold made with incised and punched decoration, the body includes the entire lamp from tip of nozzle to tip of handle, wide rim surrounds a large fill hole, row of pellets in annulets around shoulders, two incised lines lengthwise on the handle; $55.00 SALE |PRICE| $49.50


Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period, Wooden Panel, Aegis, 332 - 30 B.C.

|Egyptian| |Antiquities|, |Egyptian,| |Ptolemaic| |Period,| |Wooden| |Panel,| |Aegis,| |332| |-| |30| |B.C.|,
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AE33417. Painted wooden panel; 35 cm x 25 cm (14 " x 10"), Choice, yellow, red, blue, green and black on white gesso, painted decoration of an Aegis, with nine rows of colorful uzats, disks, and triangles; $500.00 SALE |PRICE| $450.00


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. 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. The site includes a Roman theater, which was built in the 3rd century with 2,000 seats. 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 section of the mosaic pavement recovered from the 5th century Hamat Gader synagogue, now installed in the entrance hall of the Supreme Court of Israel. Click the photo to see a larger image.Hammat Gader Mosaic
AL93887. Bi-lanceolate pottery oil lamp; Adler Collection (website) type N2; cf. Schloessinger 450; Bailey BMC -; 8.3 cm (3 1/4") long, near Choice, complete and intact, some wear, c. 300 - 500 A.D.; pink clay, cream-buff slip, mold made with incised decoration, the body includes the entire lamp from tip of nozzle to tip of handle, wide rim surrounds a large fill hole, patterned band surrounding rim, row of pellets in annulets around shoulders, incised lines lengthwise on the nozzle and handle, ring base with two concentric circles within; $55.00 SALE |PRICE| $49.50


Late Roman - Byzantine, Holyland (Syro-Palestinian), "Elongated" Pottery Oil Lamp, c. 400 - 650 A.D.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Late| |Roman| |-| |Byzantine,| |Holyland| |(Syro-Palestinian),| |"Elongated"| |Pottery| |Oil| |Lamp,| |c.| |400| |-| |650| |A.D.|,
This type is identified by Adler as a Transjordan elongated lamp. Adler writes that the shoulders are narrow and ornamented with a wide variety of motifs including linear bands, geometric, and floral designs; the handle is tongue shaped projecting horizontally and decorated with three or more bands; the nozzle is decorated with geometric or floral designs or rarely a cross. The type is found in the northern part of Transjordan, and in Israel, mainly in northern Israel and the Beit Shean area. They date possibly as early as the fifth century, mostly to the sixth century and extending into the first half of the seventh century. In the Hellenistic and Roman eras Beit Shean was the Decapolis city Scythopolis. Click the photo on the right of the Roman theater at Beit Shean, to learn more about the city. Scythopolis
AL93909. Transjordan elongated lamp; Adler type JOR.1, cf. 967 ff.; 9.0 cm (3 1/2") long, Average+, complete and intact, earthen encrusted, c. 400/500 - 600/650 A.D.; pink clay, mold made, elongated body, tongue shaped handle rising diagonally, double rim around large filling hole, abstract floral-geometric ornamentation on the shoulders and nozzle, very low ring base with dot in center; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00











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