Jerash Terracotta Oil Lamp


A small terracotta lamp of the so-called ‘Jerash’ type (referring to their region of origin), made of grey clay. The discus is decorated with branches packed with berries, and the upper part features a small lug as a handle.


Date: Circa 2nd century AD
Condition: Fine, some earthy encrustations and marks of ageing on the surface.


SKU: ES-20449 Category: Tags: ,

Jerash, situated in Jordan, is the capital and the largest city of Jerash Governorate. The capital was annexed by the Roman province of Syria after the Roman conquest of 63 BC, and was later taken over by the Roman province of Arabia. The Romans ensured peace and security in the area, and instilled economic development and building activities. Today, the capital is one of the largest and best-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside Italy. A large number of well-made oil lamps were found at the site of Jerash. They have a rounded body and are decorated by motifs – mostly plant patterns (like leaves), vine clusters, grapes, or pomegranates.

Weight 56.4 g
Dimensions L 7.5 cm


Pottery and Porcelain

Reference: Israeli, Avida, Oil-Lamps from Eretz Israel, 1988, similar to no. 274 in shape.

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