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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

 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

100 mm tall.



Pedestal Lamp


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 variant 1
A variant of the original Herodian Oil Lamp, this lamp has a loop handle and a black glaze. This lamp is presented as "aged" condition - fully functioning lamp.
$19.95AUD plus P&H Quote HERLVAR1

Herodian Lamp Variant 2
A variant of the original Herodian Oil Lamp, this lamp has a loop handle with two wicks and a black glaze. This lamp is presented as "aged" condition - fully functioning lamp.
$19.95AUD plus P&H Quote HERLVAR2

 Oil Lamps of the Ancient World Photo Disc
A CD with hundreds of images of oil lamps from our collection including both genuine lamps and our replicas, as well as many other photo archives.
Ideal for teaching, Powerpoint presentations and much more.
Comes with high quality images in various sizes to suit printing
or presentations including various movie clips of lamps.
$19.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE LAMPCD1

     Hebrew 7 Wick Oil Lamp

A seven wick handmade oil lamp from the first century AD. The lamp is unglazed with seven wick holes and would most likely have been used in a public building. The handle of the lamp is embellished with an image of a palm tree and Hebrew text. The lamp is 150mm diameter. This is a fully functioning lamp. See Video clip below...

 Available now in "Aged" format
("Aged" format means the lamp looks as if it has been buried for 2000 years).
Regular reproduction coming soon!

$19.95AUD plus P&H JUD7WL


 Five wick early Christian Oil Lamp

A five wick oil lamp from the first/second century AD. This lamp is a hand made fully functioning lamp a presents with an embellished handle and five wick holes. This lamp would have been used in a public building of even in a home in which the early church may have met. Presented in aged condition.

$19.95AUD plus P&H Quote CHRIST5LAMP



"Golgotha" Oil Lamp

Commonly known as a Byzantine candlestick lamp due to its markings below the wick hole. This lamp has a cluster of grapes on the shoulders of the lamp. c 300 - 500AD -90 x 60mm (3.5 x 2.5 inches) Working version.

$14.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE GL1




"Bethany" Oil Lamp

 A larger Byzantine candlestick lamp. This lamp is larger than the Golgotha lamp without any images on the shoulders apart from the inscribed raised lines around the body. c400 - 500AD. Working version made in Hebron 11x 7cm  (4.5 x 2.75 inches)

$14.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE BL1



 "Jericho" Oil Lamp

 A small but elaborately decorated lamp from the Islamic period in Israel but used by all faiths. The body is somewhat almond shaped with raised decorated lines of grapes, flowers and other images with a small handle. A trough from the wick hole to filler hole may be inscribed with branches or flowers. c 600 - 900AD.Working version made in Hebron 9 x 7cm.

$14.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE JERL1


Daroma 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

Roman Oil Lamp "LEGXXVV"

A replica of a 1st century glazed lamp with what appears to be a boar figurine on its discus. A very ornate lamp.Fully usable lamp. Roman Legion Twenty.

This design used by the Ermine Street Guard in the UK.



Roman Bronze Oil Lamp - Chi Rho

A reproduction bronze cast lamp. Fully working lamp.

90mm tall. $39.95AUD plus P&H Quote CHI-RHOLAMP

Roman Oil Lamp - "Bee"


 A replica oil lamp (solid Casting - Non working). Dated 100-200AD.

The Bee was an important symbol in ancient Rome.


Pompeii "Devil" Lamp


A replica bronze lamp from Pompeii. Fully working lamp.

$39.95AUD plus P&H Quote POMPEIIDEVIL

 Pompeii Angel Lamp

A replica of a terracotta lamp from Pompeii with the image of an angel.

$22.95AUD plus P&H Quote POMPEIIANGEL

Egyptian "Frog" Lamp

A non working replica of an Egyptian "Frog" stylized oil lamp dated to 2nd century AD. The lamp is a casting of our original lamp, with an embossed image of a frog surrounding the wick hole. The symbolism of the frog related to childbirth and new life. 70 x 65mm (3 x 2.5inches)

$14.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE EFL



Hittite Stone Oil Lamp

A non working replica of a stone carved oil lamp from the Hittites. 85 x 50 x 40mm ( 3.5 x 2 x 1.5 inches)

$24.95AUD plus P&H Quote HSOL


 Medieval Lantern

A reproduction of a Medieval Period Lantern with sliding candle holder and real parchment shroud.

240/460mm high (460 with handle up).

$75.00AUD plus P&H N/D Quote MEDLANTERN1


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...

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