Mar 11, 2014

Vessel of the Day Feb 18, 2014

A complete Byzantine oil lamp with a Maltese cross. Pear shaped with nozzle as part of the body with double rim. Even lines around the body with the cross on the nozzle. It has a ring base. It is very rare to find these in one piece. Several small pieces of other similar oil lamps were discovered.
Dates to the second half of the 4 cent. to the 5th century AD.  Noam Adler, Oil Lamps of the Holy Land from the Adler Collection (Jerusalem: Old City, 2005),147. style No. 907.

Two years ago (Feb 2012) we discovered a part of an oil lamp with a Greek inscription from a bit later period (end of the 5th to the 7th or 8th century AD). It reads "Jesus light shines for all."

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