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Roman Oil Lamp of the Herodian Period - PF.1778
Origin: Jerusalem, Israel
Circa: 50 BC to 50 AD
Dimensions: 3" (7.6cm) high x 3" (7.6cm) wide
Collection: Biblical
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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A lamp such as this might have burned in the Holy Land during the lifetime of Christ. A metaphor for joy and prosperity, for hope, for life itself, lamps have illuminated the path of civilization for centuries. They have guided great thoughts through the night and stood vigil with lonely passions. In the presence of this simple object, we are in touch directly with a vanished world, with the homes and temples once warmed by its glow, with the people who drew comfort from its light. Today it remains as an enduring symbol of man's desire to conquer the darkness. - (PF.1778)

 

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