Seller: carmel-by-the-sea (159) 100%, Location: Gambrills, Maryland, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 171931651102 c. 2000 B.C. - Holy Land 4 burner/wick oil lamp of the middle Bronze age - Constructed of clay. Condition: In tact, good condition. Better condition than 99% of examples I've seen. Approx dimensions: 4.5” x 4.5” x 2” H This ancient artifact was masterfully crafted approximately 4000 years ago - during the time of Abraham. The four burners were required because the standard fuel in the time period was fish oil. Later oil lamps only required one burner. Age is estimated based on design and materials. Char marks remain from the ancient flames it once held. These lamps were the primary source of lighting in the ancient world. Previously on display at a museum in Israel. Part of my personal collection originally acquired in Israel in the 1970s. This is one of my rarest and favourite pieces. There are few examples remaining. It is currently being stored and that's an injustice to its history. It belongs in a museum or home that will display it proudly.This is similar to examples on display in major museums around the world, to include the Metropolitan Museum in New York City - which has one almost of the same size: http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/325342?rpp=90&pg=2&ao=on&ft=oil%2Blamp&pos=105&imgno=0&tabname=related-objects -- Number one question I receive is about its authenticity: With all of my artifacts, I guarantee authenticity. I'm a European/Eurasian historian with quite a bit of knowledge of antiquities. The ONLY reason I'm selling these are to thin my collection. I have duplicates of some; when I sell one, I buy a different one. I will gladly accept them back if you are in any way unsatisfied. Certificate of Authenticity? COAs are for sports memorabilia. I've never purchased an antiquity with a COA. I have some with authentication paperwork by universities and museums or general museum paperwork. Anything less isn't worth the paper it is printed on and I would venture to guess is not real. Anyone can write a COA. If in doubt, bring the piece to a museum or to a university and have a knowledgeable person look at it. They'll do it as a courtesy but if you want paperwork, many places don't do it... and when they do, they charge a few hundred dollars per piece (really for the time dealing with photography and writing the paperwork). With just a little knowledge, it's very easy to spot the fakes and reproductions. Finally, just because it is/was displayed in a museum, doesn't mean it is real. Museums regularly commission replicas to supplement their displays and collections. They usually indicate that it is a replica in the display.