Oil lamps were used throughout antiquity to produce light with an oil-based fuel source. The skills of the early inhabitants were used to craft the Holy Land’s oil lamps, which burned with the oil of the area’s abundant olive trees. The lamps’ symbols, designs, shape, and decorations all serve as indicators of the time and place of production, as well as of the culture and standard of living enjoyed by the lamps’ users. Oil lamps from the Holy Land differed in their decoration from the traditional motifs of other civilisations. Initially, designs took the form of stylised birds, grains, trees, plants, and flowers. Subsequently, the decoration became more geometric, being often linear with raised dots.
Holy Land Terracotta Oil Lamp in Custom-Made Case
A terracotta pear-shaped oil lamp from the Holy Land, dating to the Roman Period. An object of beautiful simplicity, this lamp has a large filling hole on the discus and a wick hole on the short nozzle. The lamp’s surface appears decorated with incised, radiating lines, creating a pleasant motif. Lamps of this type originated in the area of Jerusalem.
Condition: Fine, mounted on a custom-made display case. Measurements include the frame.