ANCIENT JUDAICA FROM THE COLLECTION OF DANIEL M. FRIEDENBERG
ROMAN PERIOD, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
AN EARLY JEWISH TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP
Roman Period, Circa 1st Century A.D.
Red-slipped, with three voluted nozzles, the large discus with a border of concentric rings, molded with two figures of Silenus seated upon a donkey on either side of the discus, perhaps also to be interpreted as Balaam and the Ass (Numbers 22: 21-35), with a cluster of grapes on one side, and a seven-branched menorah composed of dots toward the nozzles, with an applied molded symbol on each nozzle, the discus with three fill-holes, a workshop signature composed of chevrons on the underside
9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm) long