Rare style ancient Roman painted clay and highly decorated clay oil lamp known as "BEIT NATIF". The oil lamp is nicely decorated with geometric deign all around the shoulders with soot marks. Looped handle, Beit Natif oil lamps rarely come with a looped handle like the one we have!
Dated from, 400 A.D.
This lamp will surely make a major addition to the finest oil lamp collection, a real master piece !!!
Beit Natif oil lamps: These lamps are named after the site of Beit Natif in the southern part of the Judaea, where a workshop was found during excavations of two cisterns. They were imitated throughout the province. The lamps are usually small and some have red slip. These lamps have a bow-shaped nozzle, which has a narrow ridge around its edge. The nozzle is pinched on its sides, giving the effect of volutes and is decorated. The body is round and the shoulders are curved and decorated with a variety of geometric and floral designs. A wide rim surrounds the large filling hole. Mould-made, red slip on upper part and small traces on the base.
Measurements: Length: 9 cm - width: 5.5 cm – Height: 4.5 cm
Condition: Intact, not repaired and not restored
Found in Hebron south of Jerusalem, Holy Land
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