Oil lamp with cross motif - 910.114.524_1_ashleegalletta201106


Oil lamp with cross motif

Medium:Ceramic (earthenware, moulded), moulded-relief decoration
Geography: Found at Bayt Jibrin (Roman Eleutheropolis), Israel
Date: 5th-6th Century
Period: Byzantine Period
6.1 x 10.7 x 6.2 cm
Object number: 910.114.524
Not on view
Object History: This object is from a group of objects acquired by the ROM in 1910 from F. Vester & Co of the American Colony in Jerusalem. The records indicate that they were "Found at Beit Jibrin(?)", presumably the question mark in parentheses would suggest that the attribution is not entirely certain, or others say "bought in Beit Jebrin" by Vester or his agent. This would have been the Palestinian village of Bayt Jibrin, an important city in the Roman and Byzantine period called Eleutheropolis. The modern Israeli settlement of Beit Guvrin is to the north of the site.
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