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Oil lamp decorated with a depiction of a temple and altar on Mount Gerizim

Oil lamp decorated with a depiction of a temple and altar on Mount Gerizim

Oil lamp decorated with a depiction of a temple and altar on Mount Gerizim

Pottery

Extended loan from Rafi Braun, Jerusalem

Accession number:

90.25/1

Archaeology/Hellenistic, Roman & Byzantine Periods

The Samaritans sold their oil lamps with the filling hole sealed. The hole would be punctured by the owner just before use. The reasons for this practice are unknown, but they may have been related to the laws of ritual purity, an area in which the Samaritans were especially strict.