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Dating ancient lamps
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Oil lamp from Egypt years BC In historical times one such ceremony, called Liknokaia the burning lampwas held in honor of the goddess Naiff, according to the historian Herodotus. During this Dating ancient lamps the ancient Egyptians lit thousands of oil lamps around the country and in their homes. One well-known Egyptian oil lamp was the luxurious lamp of Isis, which was anckent to illuminate Dzting Dating ancient lamps of the gods. Oil lamp from Greece years BC Just as the Egyptians, the ancient Greeks also used oil lamps in death ritual and other religious ceremonies. For centuries the oil lamp has served Man in the practical needs of daily life, remaining a constant reminder of his connection to the sacred.
The production of oil lamps by pottery wheel began about BC. The moulding process resulted in the improvement of the quality and decoration of the lamps. Other lamps were left undecorated, or the decoration was limited in the subject matter, for religious reasons. In Israel, for example, it was customary for locally produced lamps to avoid any representation of a human or other living creature. Instead, they either retained very plain lamps, such as the "Herodian" lamp seen here, or used floral and geometric designs as seen below.
The Herodian lamp, still made by a mix of wheel and hand work Dating ancient lamps the at least the 1st Century AD, when some began to use moulds as well. While popularly called a Herodian lamp, the use of this style extended well before and after the reign of Herod the Great and Herod Agrippa for they are known from sites dating to between the 1st Century BC and the Dating ancient lamps Century AD. These were, incidentally, perhaps the most common style of lamp in use in Judea during the ministry of Jesus. Another well known Jewish oil lamp style is called the "Darom", after a region in the Hebron Hills where it originated.
Shortly after the Roman army destroyed the Second Temple in Jerusalem, Dating ancient lamps from that city Dating ancient lamps the occupation and settled in this region. These lamps followed Dating ancient lamps basic outline of the Herodian lamp, but the body was flatter, and they were made exclusively in moulds. Most were decorated with symmetrical designs. A large number depicted items with significant religious or cultural meaning. Many other examples are known which depict items associated with Jewish holidays. Sukkot, or the Festival of Tabernacles, often was represented with a palm leaf or branch on oil lamps. Palms, or fig trees, were also connected with Shavuot, or the Festival of First Fruits.
Symbols of all of these appeared on Darom lamps. Pesah, or Passover, was also represented on the lamps, usually through a depiction of unleavened bread, or sheaves of grain. Objects of special iconographic significance were also featured on the lamps. The Ark of the Covenant appears on some lamps, as does the Menorah. The Menorah was a seven-branched candelabrum in the Temple, and is described in detail in the Book of Exodus The representation of a menorah on an oil lamp in this period was rather rare though. It was not until the following centuries that it became more commonplace. This is probably a reflection of the prohibition of making a replica of the Menorah in the Temple, and so many of the early versions made their menorah depictions with a different number of branches.
By the 4th Century AD, this restriction had relaxed somewhat, and seven branched menorahs appear more frequently. The example shown here is North African, probably from Atripalda. Another possible depiction of the menorah is found on what are usually called "candlestick" lamps. These appear in early Byzantine times, around the 5th or 6th Centuries AD. Others believe this style is an abstract palm branch. In either case, there is clear evidence that this style of lamp was very popular among Jews and Christians alike. Variants of this lamp style sometimes substitute a cross near the nozzle, and was especially popular in the Jerusalem area.
Datlng Lamps were used by ancient Dating ancient lamps in a variety of ways, both indoors and outdoors. They served utilitarian, ritualistic, and symbolic purposes. Llamps owners, such as innkeepers and barkeepers, used oil lamps to light their businesses as well as the streets nearby. Noblemen used lamps to light their paths xncient they or their guests Dating ancient lamps out after dark. Soldiers used them to light forts and military encampments. Fishermen are believed to have used lamps on their boats when going on nighttime fishing excursions, and when out to sea, galleys likely Dating ancient lamps oil lamps hanging at the stern to indicate their positions to one another.
In the entertainment sector, lamps were used to light venues for after-dark sporting events such as gladiator shows. In religious contexts, oil lamps served the simple utilitarian function of lighting temples and shrines, and they served a number of ritualistic functions, as well. Many of the religious practices in ancient Rome involved some form of ritual sacrifice or offering. Because light was considered a blessing, oil lamps were frequently dedicated at temples and shrines as votive offerings. They were also a common component in burial practices, and lamps were often buried with the dead in order to light the way into the afterlife and beyond.
In some cases, oil lamps served as a status symbol. Wealthy families used and displayed lamps made of metal, a higher quality material, lamps with intricate or exotic imagery, and lamps with multiple nozzles which burned more fuel, making the lamp more costly. Double nozzle metal lamp. Materials and Production Roman era oil lamps were made of a variety of materials including stone, clay, shell, glass, and metal. Stone Stone lamps were usually carved; however, early stone lamps were simply stones with natural depressions.
Clay Clay lamps were manufactured using a number of methods. They could be hand-molded, wheel thrown, or impressed into a mold. Some show signs of being made using a combination of these methods.