300 - 400 AD. This is an attractive Early Christian Byzantine Oil Lamp discovered in archaeological diggings in Jerusalem. The lamp is made of a light red terracotta colour and appears to have olive branches depicted down each side on the upper surface. Very beautiful oil lamp with no repairs. Excellent display specimen for the serious collector.
Ancient Holy Land. Terracotta oil lamp with the Greek letters of CHI (the cross or 'X'), and the letter RHO. The combination of these two symbols for the early Christians spelled CHRist. A decorative border surrounds the monogram. Traces of carbon residue about the wick hol Size: 5" Date: 300-400 AD
Terracotta oil lamp with the Goddess, Athena, later called Minerva by the Romans, in profile and in a helmet that is ornamented with three olive leaves. Traces of carbon residue about the wick hole. Size: 4 1/4" Date: 400 BC
Terracotta oil lamp with a theater mask, its origin drawn from the Dionysian cult. The cult worshiped Dionysus - the Greek god of grape harvest, wine, ritual madness and ecstasy. In good condition with traces of carbon residue about the wick hole. 200 BC (4").
Ancient Sumerian. Terracotta ceremonial vessel with three rows of cuneiform on the outer surface and cuneiform on the top rim and around the bottom, in high relief around the outer surface are two goddesses and two alternating gods. Size: 2 ¾" x 3 ¼" Date: 2200 BC