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Lamp

Lamp

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
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CLOSE LOOKING / VISUAL ANALYSIS:

  • How is this object shaped?

  • What do you think this object is made of? How do you think it was produced? What makes you say that?

  • Look carefully at the markings and colors on this object. Describe them. What do you see that might offer a clue to the
    object’s use?




FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION:

After giving students ample opportunity to examine this object, lead them in a discussion of related topics and themes:

  • What do you think this object was used for?

  • Some people think it looks like a pitcher for pouring liquid. Why would it not have been good for that purpose?

  • Why do you think people generally used clay to make their oil lamps and other everyday items? What are the benefits of clay? What are some of the disadvantages of using clay?

  • Study the design of this oil lamp carefully. What do you think might be some drawbacks of this design?

  • Imagine you had to rely on lamps like this to create light in your home. How would that affect the way you live your life?

  • The design of oil lamps changed over time. Think about a type of technology that you use today—computers, TVs, phones, etc. How has it changed over time? Why do such changes occur?




RESEARCH TOPICS / CONTENT CONNECTIONS:

  • Ancient Technology and Innovation
  • Pottery
  • Daily Life in Ancient Israel