Short Pump, Virginia
This is a replica of lamps used in the Middle East for several centuries bracketing the First Century A.D. It is fashioned from clay dug from Nazareth, Israel. A small, cloth wick extending from the lip drew olive oil from the base for fuel. Imagine how little light it gave off when lit. Yet also imagine how comforting it must have been deep in the night in a darkened room.
Photograph taken with a Canon 5D, Mark II