Oil lamp with seven wick-holes - ROM2018_16215_70

ROM2018_16215_70

Oil lamp with seven wick-holes

Medium:Ceramic (earthenware, moulded), moulded-relief decoration
Geography: Found at Bayt Jibrin (Roman Eleutheropolis), Israel
Date: c. 50-150 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
Dimensions:
5 x 11.5 x 10.2 cm
Object number: 910.114.171
On view
Gallery Location:Wirth Gallery of the Middle East
Object History: This object is from a group of objects acquired by the ROM in 1910 from F. Vester & Co of the American Colony in Jerusalem. The records indicate that they were "Found at Beit Jibrin(?)", presumably the question mark in parentheses would suggest that the attribution is not entirely certain, or others say "bought in Beit Jebrin" by Vester or his agent. This would have been the Palestinian village of Bayt Jibrin, an important city in the Roman and Byzantine period called Eleutheropolis. The modern Israeli settlement of Beit Guvrin is to the north of the site.
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