Zev Radovan, courtesy of the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums

Saucer lamp, shell lamp, cocked hat lamp. Names given by archaeologists to the standard, wheel-made lamp used from Middle Bronze I to the sixth century B.C. attempt to describe the vessel’s shape. The ancient Israelites called it simply ner (plural, nerot), which means lamp.

This lamp shows an innovation in rim design that potters introduced around 1400–1200 B.C. Instead of turning the rim inward, the potter turned the rim outward and flattened it into a ledge.