Clay lamps have been in use in the Holy Land since ancient times, at least for 3000 years. These lamps typically were small, palm sized and burned olive oil for fuel. A cotton or linen wick was used. This clay oil lamp, known as a Crusader's lamp is a replica of a lamp used in the Holy Land during the Crusades. The handle is imprinted with a Jerusalem Cross. This cross was popularized during the Middle Ages by Pope Urban II and the cross symbol was placed on the banners carried by the crusading soldiers in their fight to regain Jerusalem and the Holy Land. The cross is a large Greek cross with a small cross in each quadrant. The smaller crosses may symbolize either the Church spreading in 4 directions out of Jerusalem or simply the 4 Gospels surrounding the Cross.
This Crusaders Clay Oil Lamp Replica from the Holy Land is between 4 1/2 and 5 inches long. Each is made individually and each is hand stamped. These lamps are not made in a modern factory but rather hand made in the same manner today as they were at the time of the Crusades. They may be filled with olive oil and used for lighting today just as they were in the Middle Ages. These lamps represent a piece of history. Each is unique and no two lamps are exactly the same. These lamps were imported from the Holy Land by Osmun Gifts.
2 cotton wicks are included with each lamp but any unbleached cotton fiber or linen / flax may be used. Candle wicks may also be used. Do not use a fiber that has a plastic or coded core as these were not meant to be burned.
A clear acrylic stand is available to better display the biblical lamp.