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. 

 

 $19.95AUD plus P&H 

Note colour will vary from lamp to lamp.

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.

  

$19.95 AUD plus P&H 

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.  


$19.95AUD plus P&H

Dead Sea Scroll Inkwell


An aged reproduction of an inkwell found at Qumran. Likely used to write the scrolls.

The jar is 50mm tall and has been aged to look like it has just been excavated.

A nice DSS display piece. We also have reproductions of the palm pens found at Qumran. 


$29.95AUD plus P&H

Qumran Stone Measuring Cup


Cups carved from Limestone have been found at Qumran that were used for dry and liquid measures in the life of the community.

The stone cups were used as ritually pure. 90mm tall.


$39.95AUD plus P&H

Qumran Pottery Set


A reproduction designed after pottery found at Khirbet Qumran.

Pottery made in Hebron. 

A set of 3 - 1 cup, bowl and dish.


$59.95AUD plus P&H

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. 


$19.95AUD plus P&H


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.


$19.85AUD 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

Pompeii Double Wick Oil Lamp


A replica of an oil lamp from Pompeii. This lamp features a double wick neck and a large carrying handle with a two horse chariot and rider on the discus of the lamp.

This lamp was glazed and would have graced the table of an important household in Pompeii. This lamp is cast from Hydrostone and is a non functioning display lamp.

170 x 70 x 70mm.


$25.95AUD plus P&H

Pompeii Single Wick Oil Lamp


This is a replica of a single wick oil lamp cast from an original from our collection. The original lamp was glazed in a copper coloured glaze and is covered in tiny pieces of pumice.

The lamp has a laurel wreath on the discus and a makers mark on the base. It has a small handle that allowed for the lamp to be hung when not in use so that mice wouldn't be able to 

get to it to eat the oil remnants. This lamp is cast from hydrostone and is a non working lamp for display only.

105 x 75 x 50mm


$24.95AUD plus P&H

Roman Oil Lamp "BEE Symbol" 100 - 200AD


This is a replica of a second century Roman oil lamp. It is cast in Hydrostone and is a non functioning display lamp only.

For the Romans, Bacchus, god of wine, discovered honey and taught beekeeping to humans. Virgil wrote a practical beekeeping thesis, describing the working of the beehive in great detail. Pliny the elder called honey the “sweat of the heavens” and the “saliva of the stars.” For the ancients, then, the bee was a link between humans and the divine.

105 x 60 x 40mm


$24.95AUD plus P&H


Roman Emperor Lamp


A replica of a 2nd century oil lamp from Rome. Cast in hydrostone and is a non functioning lamp.

80 x 60 x 30mm


$24.95AUD plus P&H

Egyptian "Frog" Lamp


A replica of an Egyptian oil lamp from our collection. The lamp is cast in hydrostone and is a non functioning display lamp only.

In ancient Egypt and beyond the frog represented rebirth and hence this symbol is common on Egyptian lamps especially in the later period.

2nd - 4th century AD.


$19.95AUD plus P&H


Cast Iron Oil Lamp 19th century


19th century cast iron oil lamp for lighting the gas street lamps in Australia. With lid.


$19.95AUD plus P&H

Roman "Mask" Oil Lamp


A very large Roman Oil Lamp styled after the head of a theatre mask. Some describe this lamp as a "Satyr" lamp.

The mask is made of Terracotta 180 x 120 x70mm.


$69.95AUD plus P&H

Roman Three Wick Oil Lamp - Augusta Triana


The original of this lamp was excavated in the ruins of the Roman town of August Trajana in present day Bulgaria.(Present day Stara Zagora).

These multi wick lamps were used in public places or larger room in private residences.

The city was founded by the Thracians in the 6-5th centuries BC and named in Beroe. 

88 x 85 x 33mm


$69.95AUD plus P&H

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

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

Horn Cup.


This is a drinking cup from Viking/Medieval period made of horn. 105mm tall.


$24.95AUD lus P&H

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...