Israel, 800-586 B.C.E.
- Clay: wheel-turned, slipped, and fired
- Height: 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm) Diameter: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
- The Jewish Museum, New York
- Purchase: Archaeology Acquisition Fund, JM 12-73.22
- Digital image © 2006 The Jewish Museum, New York Photo by Ardon Bar Hama
The design of oil lamps underwent a series of changes over the centuries. Earlier lamps were open bowls with four pinched spouts. In the early second millennium BCE, a transition occurred to open bowls with just one folded spout, like this one. This basic form continued until the Hellenistic Period (4th century BCE).