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Lot 70: A Samaritan terracotta oil lamp

Numismatics and Antiquities from two private collections acquired in the Holy Land

by Biblical Artifacts

May 21, 2016

Jerusalem, Israel

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  • A Samaritan terracotta oil lamp
  • A Samaritan terracotta oil lamp
  • A Samaritan terracotta oil lamp
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Description: Lamps of this type are often referred to as “box lamps” due to the straight sides of the nozzle. In this example the nozzle is separated from the body of the lamp by two horizontal lines above which a swastika, a common Samaritan motif, is present. The shoulders are decorated thoroughly with geometric designs, interrupted only for the small knob handle. The discus is broken, suggesting that the lamp was used in antiquity.

Condition Report: Small crack above nozzle, otherwise in excellent condition.

Notes: Ships from our United States location. Worldwide Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.

Provenance: From a private American collection.

Dimensions: 3.26 x 2.40 inches (8.3 x 6.1 cm)

Literature: Noam Adler, “A Comprehensive Catalog of Oil Lamps of the Holy Land from the Adler Collection”, (Old City Press: Israel, 2004).

Date: c. late 3rd -5th Century CE

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