An Oil Lamp from Land of Israel - the Samaritan period – depicting a menorah

Ancient Coins - An Oil Lamp from Land of Israel - the Samaritan period – depicting a menorah
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Terracotta slipper lamp depicting nine branched menorah derived devices adjacent to the nozzle and in the center. Ca. 6th cent CE.

The Samaritans, descendants of the inhabitants of the northern kingdom of Israel, were more pedantic than the Jews about a particular legal point that it was forbidden to kindle a seven-branched menorah after the destruction of the Second Temple at 70 C.E. This has led to depictions of anything from three to nineteen branched menorahs and a host of what I term 'menorah derived devices'.

8.0 x 5.9 x 3.5; Intact apart from broken knob handle. For this latter phenomenon, cf. Meshorer, Y and Overbeck, B, The Holy Land Ancient coins and Seals from a thousand Years of Jewish history, (German) Munich 1994, p.16, no. A64.

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