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Roman Period Terracotta Oil Lamp - PF.1785
Origin: Jerusalem, Israel
Circa: 50 BC

Collection: Classical Antiquities
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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This ancient lamp might have burned in the Holy Land during the height of the Roman Empire. Its central image, perhaps graven in nature, has been pressed out with a thumb to make the lamp acceptable to the orthodox. A metaphor for joy and prosperity, for hope, for life itself, lamps have illuminated the path of civilization for centuries. They have shed light on mundane and extraordinary events alike, guiding great thoughts through the night, and standing vigil with lonely passions. In the presence of this simple object, we are in touch directly with a vanished world, with the rooms and shrines 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.1785)

 

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