Israelite terracotta oil lamp with multiple nozzles, 900 B.C.

Material:  Terracotta
Conservation:  Good condition
Material:  Terracotta
Dimensions:  23 cm of diameter
Provenance:  Archaeological Gallery, Israel, 2014. Export authorization from the Israel Antiquities Authority No. 526524 with date 07/08/2014 / This piece is accompanied by an export certificate from the Spanish Ministry of Culture No. 2020/04395 with date 23/07/2020 and certificate of authenticity.
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This Israelite oil lamp has a circular shape and is very special as it has ten wick exits and a bowl or funnel-shaped entrance. Because of this particular shape, it would not be an oil lamp for daily use but an object of ritual use.

Among the materials used as fuel the most common was olive oil, although mixtures of fish oil with the animal’s entrails, oil with crushed nuts and even other types of oils such as castor oil were used. While dried vegetable fibres or wicks made from animal hair were used as wicks.

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