12 December 2002
A NORTH AFRICAN RED SILP WARE OIL LAMP
Byzantine Period, Circa 5th-6th Century A.D.
With a tapering handle and long canal nozzle, the discus molded with a palm tree, three pairs of branches arching off to the sides, a single branch erect at the center, with a fill-hole on either side of the tree trunk, the scene bordered on both sides by molded geometric patterns
4½ in. (11.4 cm) long
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For symbolism of the palm tree as the Tree of Life, see p. 170ff in Westenholz, ed., Sacred Bounty, Sacred Land, The Seven Species of the Land of Israel.
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