Very Rare Ancient Punic Pottery Oil Lamp With Two Wicks
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All Items: Antiques:Regional Art:Ancient World:Holy Land:Pottery: Pre AD 1000: item # 1037016
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You are considering an extremely rare ancient Punic pottery oil lamp with two nozzles
C. 2nd - 1st Century BC
Saucer lamp with two wick holes, high flat base, string cut
This kind of lamps was produced after the fall of Carthage in 145 B.C., somewhere in the interior of the country.
This lamp belongs to the group of Punic lamps, most of which were found in the necropolis of Carthage. Their form originates from the Eastern saucer lamps and was in use from the seventh to the second centuries B.C
These lamps constitue a distinctive group, closely related in fabric to African Red Slip ware. They were widely exported to the Mediterranean countries and imitated locally.
Comment: The two-nozzled and three-nozzled Punic lamps descend from earlier Palestinian saucer lamps and are related to the pinched-bowl "Hasmonaean" lamp, which is also found in North Africa.
Measurements: Length: 8.5 cm - Width: 8 cm - Height: 5.5 cm
Condition: A small chip at one of the nozzles as shown otherwise intact!
Found in Hebron south of Jerusalem, Israel
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REFERENCE, QEDEM, MONOGRAPHS OF THE INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.