Zev Radovan, courtesy of the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums
Blackened by soot, this Herodian lamp saw much use. The body was made on a potter’s wheel, and then the crescent-shaped nozzle was attached. Made in Israel, Herodian lamps were rarely decorated; the only adornment here is a circle design stamped on the nozzle. However, Roman lamps of the same period, both imported and imitated by local potters, were often elaborately decorated (see photographs).