Ancient Late Roman Byzantine Christian Holy Land Pottery Oil Lamp - 500 Ad For Sale
An attractive ancient Late Roman Christian oil lamp, dating to the 5th - 6th Century A.D. originating from the Holy land.
The lamp decorated with a delicate band of impressed geometric designs.
Lamps such as this were filled with olive oil in ancient times and lit by means of a thick wick, which protruded from the nozzle end. The flickering light of the oil lamp has been man's only means of illuminating the darkness for millennia, long before gas-lamps and modern electricity.
For a similar example currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art please see the following link.
Length: 3 3/4 inches.
Condition: Very good. Minor chips, as shown. Soot marks around the wick hole, fascinating evidence of its use in antiquity.
Ex Israeli private collection. Legally exported from Israel and likely found in Northern Israel.
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