Oil lamp - 910.114.418_1

910.114.418_1

Oil lamp

Medium:Earthenware
Geography: Beit She'an (Beisan, ancient Scythopolis), Israel, or Taybeh, Palestine
Date: c. 312-63 BC
Period: Seleucid Period
Object number: 910.114.418
Not on view
Description

This is of a group of pottery acquired by the ROM in 1910 from J. Vester & Co of the American Colony in Jerusalem. Vesters in turn had acquired them from J. D. Whiting in 1907. The records show that Whiting had obtained the objects from "Beisan, Taibeh, etc.", but the material got mixed up in a fire at Vester's, and so which of these find-spots, or if the find-spot was "etc.", is unknown.

Beisan is still the Arabic name of what is now also known as Beit She'an or Beth Shan, and in the Seleucid and Roman period was the important city of Scythopolis, the city of the Scythians. Taibeh, or Tayibe is a Palestinian village which is probably less likely to be the origin, while the "etc." sites are presumably even less likely.

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