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Matching half of 2,000-year-old lamp found in Jerusalem said located in Budapest

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A rare 2,000-year old oil lamp shaped like half of a grotesque face that was discovered in Jerusalem last week appears to have a matching partner — that was discovered in Budapest nine years ago.

The Israel Antiquities Authority said last week that the lamp, estimated to be from the late 1st century or the early 2nd century CE, was the first finding of its kind in Israel, and one of just a few worldwide.

According to Jerusalem’s City of David archeological site, after the announcement of the find, Hungarian archeologist Dr. Gabor Lassanyi reached out to say that he may be in possession of the other half, which was uncovered during a 2012 excavation in Budapest.

“In an excavation we conducted at Aquincum (modern-day Budapest), we found a remarkably rare object: at the bottom of the building, we discovered a bronze half-lamp depicting the right half of a face shaped like a Roman theater mask,” Lassanyi wrote to Ari Levy, the head of the Jerusalem excavation.

A bronze oil lamp discovered in Budapest in 2012 (R) which matched one found in Jerusalem’s City of David in May 2021 (L). (Ágnes Bakos/Bence Tihanyi; Koby Harati/City of David)

According to Lassanyi, “Only a few known creations that resemble this exist from this time period, and they sit in museums and throughout private collections in the world, yet none of them are like these two halves. It is very difficult to craft in such an accurate way, and therefore, it is........

© The Times of Israel

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