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Lot 4877

Judaean Lamps, c. 50-700 AD. Lengths: 3" - 5". The classic artifact from Judaea. Lamps conjure up images of the daily and personal doings of the peoples of antiquity. They are also, allegorically, a symbol of the people of the Book. Here we find four types spanning the ages and the fortunes of Judaea. The earliest, the Southern type, with red slip and sharply molded petal ornament. Later, a handled lamp with enigmatic tree symbol which may have served as a mnemonic symbol of the menorah in the age of the diasporah. The two remaining date to the times of Jerusalem's Christian and Islamic regimes. All nicely preserved, with soot stains on the nozzels showing use.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
Ex Shirley Barr Sage Collection, published in her Biblical Numismatics: Thirty Pieces of Silver, illustrated and discussed on pp. 21, 22.

Realized $230

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