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Ancient terracotta daroma lamps, 1st century AD.
These lamps called Daroma lamps referring to its manufacture area as it is called in the Mishna “Daroma” (Aramaic for “south”).
area includes the southern part of Judea (the south western part of the Hebron hills), especially the area of Beit Guvrin. Today we know that these lamps were made in several places throughout the Holy Land and the types attempt to divide them accordingly.
however, since the source of the lamps is unknown the division is uncertain. The lamp nozzle winged, besides that two volutes flanking its sides. The filling hole is large as are the shoulders, leaving enough room for decoration.
The base is very low ring and knob handle, decoration with branch with two volutes and two cluster of grapes,
stemming from above the filling hole down to each shoulder.
Two volutes flanking handle, fluted amphora and tendril with leaves clusters of grapes around the shoulder.
Ref: Oil Lamps of the Holy Land 2004, The Adler Collection page 264, N.884
Dimension: 9.5 cm.
Condition: intact condition.