Roman oil lamp from Dr. Steve Adler collection

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Object: Oil lamp with harbor scene

Material: Light red clay

Date: 1st - 2nd centrury AD
Roman Imperial era

Description:    Round oil lamp with long rounded nozzle with double volutes on it. Very narrow shoulder decorated with plain rim which separates it from the slightly sunken discus. The discus is decorated with the scene of a harbor and two ships with two people in each of them.
With knob handle, which is very rare for oil lamps of this type, and triple ring base with flower inside.

Probably locally produced in the Roman province IVDAEA, resembling the Imperial lamps classified by Broneer as type XXIII.

Size: Length 129 mm, width 89 mm, height 32 mm

Condition: Handle re-attached, otherwise excellently preserved, Pencil note "5189/90" on the bottom.

References: Published with foto in Noam Adler, Oil-Lamps from the Holy Land, The Adler Collection, 2004, page 64 Nr. 387.
Published in Katalog antiker Öllampen der mediterranen Welt der Galerie Alte Römer

Provenance: Acquired 2018 at an auction of the Archaeological Center R. Deutsch, Israel. Ex famous Judge Dr. Steve Adler collection. Exported from Israel with permit of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) Nr. 539063.

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