Oil lamp with design of grape clusters and vines - ROM2018_16215_20

ROM2018_16215_20

Oil lamp with design of grape clusters and vines

Medium:Ceramic (earthenware, moulded), moulded-relief decoration
Geography: Most likely found at Beit She'an-Beisan (ancient Scythopolis), or possibly al-Tayiba, Israel
Date: 8th century AD
Period: Umayyad or Abbasid Period
Dimensions:
3.5 × 9.5 × 7.6 cm
Object number: 910.114.202
On view
Gallery Location:Wirth Gallery of the Middle East
Object History: This object is from a group acquired by the ROM in 1910 from J. Vester & Co of the American Colony in Jerusalem. Vester 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 al-Tayiba, 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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