Ancient Samaritan decorated pottery oil lamp, 300 AD
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All Items: Antiques:Regional Art:Ancient World:Holy Land:Pottery: Pre AD 1000: item # 1153317
Aweidah Gallery - Jerusalem based gallery
P.O.Box 51067 - Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Very attractive and rare ancient Roman “Samaritan” decorated pottery oil lamp depicting and arch façade on the nozzle.
Dated from, 300 – 400 AD
Measurements: Length: 8 cm - Width: 6 cm
Condition: Intact, not repaired and not restored
Found in Jerusalem, Israel
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Among the repertoire of decorations on the earliest lamps is the image of a building. Specific architectural elements that compose this design motif are, the building facade, the temple facade, the arch, columns, and the tower. On Jewish lamps, these depictions represented the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, expressing the longing for the restoration of the Temple. The building or temple facades are seen frontally looking directly at the entrance. Generally, a simple structure is shown, with an opening between two columns, and an arch and/or gabled roof. To indicate the sacredness of the building, representations of the lamps were depicted in the arches. As the NER TAMID "The eternal light" in the Tabernacle signified divine presence also did the representations of the lamps within the arches.