HISTORIC CONNECTIONS

Bringing the Past Alive...

Intermediate Bronze Age Oil Lamp

A replica of the Middle Bronze Age Four Wick oil Lamp. c 2000BC time of early patriarchs/Abraham. These four wick lamps were developed from the original bowl design and lasted only for a short period relative to the single wick version. One theory is that  a major climatic catastrophe caused a massive decrease in the availability of olive oil, causing the societies to use fish oil to power their lamps instead. However fish oil burned less brightly than olive oil and hence the development of a four wick lamp to compensate for the lower light output per wick. These lamps have been hand made.  

 $15.00AUD plus P&H QUOTE IBA4W

Note colour will vary from lamp to lamp.

Maccabean Period Oil Lamp


A replica of a lamp from the Maccabean period in Israel.


Non Working lamp display only.


$12.95AUD plus P&H

Iron Age Oil Lamp

A replica of an Iron Age Oil Lamp. Single pinched wick design. This general style of lamp was in use with variations in basic shape and size over a period of approximately 1500 years, and in some civilisations for much longer. This lamp is handmade.This lamp can be used with most oils.

We also have a late Iron Age Oil lamp. Same style as above except the wick rest is pinched together enclosing it. This closed style was then used right through to the Herodian period.  

$15.00AUD plus P&H QUOTE IAL

Iron Age Pedestal Lamp

A replica of a lamp from the early Iron Age with a pedestal base to elevate it from the table surface.

100 mm tall. 

 $20.00AUD plus P&H QUOTE IRONPEDL1

Pedestal lamp from ancient Iran.

10th-11th century AD.
Fully working reproduction of a lamp from ancient Iran - aged to resemble an excavated lamp. Approx 100mm high. Each lamp is handmade and can vary slightly in size.

$19.95AUD plus P&H LAMPPEDIR1

See it being made...

Many of our oil lamps and pottery items are handmade for us in Hebron, where generations of potters have created these timeless pieces just as they were thousands of years ago.

Herodian Oil Lamp

A replica of the "Herodian" style of oil lamp used throughout Judea from c50BC to 50AD and beyond. This is a wheel made lamp with no decorations. This style of lamp was named after Herod who ruled Judea at the time of Christ. This lamp was common in the Jerusalem and surrounding area and would have been the lamp most commonly seen by Jesus.  

$15.00AUD plus P&H QUOTE HL1

Herodian Lamp Twin Wick


A variant of the original Herodian Oil Lamp, this lamp has a loop handle with two wicks and available with or without a black glaze.  - fully functioning lamp.

Unglazed
 
$19.95AUD plus P&H Quote HERODIAN2W/UNGLAZE

Glazed

$24.95AUD plus P&H Quote HERODIAD2WGLAZE

Daroma  Oil Lamp


An ornate "Daroma" Southern lamp. "Daroma" comes from the Aramaic for "South", an area that includes southern Judea especially Beth Guvrin and the Hebron area. The lamp has a wide spout with similarities to the earlier Herodian lamp but includes volutes at the neck of the nozzle somewhat like Roman lamps of the same period. 

These lamps are dated to the first and second century AD. This lamp is decorated with an ornate menorah on a stand between the filler hole and the neck of the lamp, while the shoulders are decorated with stylised palm branches and an unperforated handle.
This lamp is made in Israel and is fully usable. 

$16.95AUD plus P&H DOROML1


Byzantine Slipper Lamp


Known under various names this lamp has been called a slipper lamp, due to its shape or a Candlestick lamp due to the image of a candlestick on the neck of the lamp. It has bunches of grapes on the side. 5th - 7th century AD.

90 x 60 x 35mm.


$18.85AUD plus P&H

Arabic Period Lamp


A larger lamp from the 8th - 9th century AD. It has a series of flowers and scrolls with a stub handle and channel above the wick hole.

100x75x45mm.


$18.95AUD plus P&H

Arabic Period Oil Lamp


A replica of an oil lamp from 7th century. Full working lamp. 75 x 65mm.


$12.95AUD plus P&H Quote ARABIC/L2

Byzantine Period Oil Lamp


A replica of a lamp from the Byzantine period. Fully Working lamp. 105 x 56mm.


$14.95AUD plus P&H Quote BYZLAMP2

Roman North Africa Oil Lamp - ChiRho


A replica of a Roman Oil Lamp from North Africa with a Chi Rho symbol on the discus. This is a larger lamp.

Fully working lamp.

100 x 65 x 35mm.


$26.95AUD plus P&H Quote ChiRhoLampL4

Pompeii Bronze Oil Lamp


A replica bronze lamp from Pompeii. Fully working lamp.

$39.95AUD plus P&H Quote POMPEIIDEVIL


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Greek Satyr Oil Lamp


A replica of a Greek oil lamp with the head of a Satyr.

Fully working lamp.


$16.95AUD plus P&H Quote SATYRLAMP1

Syrian Oil Lamp - Philistine


A replica of a oil lamp in the form of Dagon as half man half fish. Non working lamp - display only.


$12.95AUD plus P&H Quote SYRIALAMP1

Egyptian Oil Lamp 


A cast replica of an Egyptian Oil Lamp with the face of Hathor on the body of the lamp.


$15.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE HATHORLAMP1

Hittite Oil Lamp


A replica of an early Hittite oil lamp the original carved from stone. Thi sis a resin casting and so is a display model only.


$16.95AUD PLUS P&H QUOTE HITTITELAMP1

How to use our lamps

We sell two types of lamps, those that can be used just as they were historically thousands of years ago and those that are only for display purposes. To use your oil lamp follow the following instructions: Most of our functioning lamps come with a wick. Before you fill the lamp with oil , put a small amount of water into the lamp and then tip the water out. This helps decrease oil seepage through the body of the lamp as the oil will float above the film of water in the base of the lamp. Many lamps in ancient times were not glazed, but were simply kiln fired. Next place a small amount of oil into the lamp being careful not to overfill. You may use most styles of cooking oils, but olive oil works best. Insert the wick into the wick rest and allow the oil to flow up the wick before lighting. Simply light the end of the wick. The wick will burn for varying lengths of time depending on the amount of oil in the lamp. By lowering the wick in the nozzle of the lamp you will decrease the amount of smoke, whilst raising the wick slightly will increase the amount of light from the flame but at the same time it will increase the amount of smoke. You will need to pull the wick forward from time to time as it burns down. Thinner wicks actually use less oil than thicker ones. You can buy replacement wicks at your local camping store listed as "Pixie wicks". All lamps should be supervised at all times by a responsible adult and care must be taken. Use common sense. In ancient times the addition of a little salt sometimes decreased "smoking" from the flame.

Do not under any circumstances attempt to light a display only lamp as they are usually made of resin or other combustible materials.

The History of Oil Lamps

.How much do we take the humble light switch for granted! For thousands of years, a very simple vessel filled with oil and a wick was the main source of light in most domestic situations throughout the known world. From a simple dish shaped hollow in a rock through to ornately decorated clay vessels, the oil lamp has developed and has become a source of archaeological dating throughout history. But how has it developed? What did some of those early lamps look like? Well click on either of the following two links for a document produced from one of our suppliers in Israel. Click here for a word file. Click here for a pdf file...