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A Nabataean oil lamp. Thousands of these have been discovered throughout Nabataea. Oil was poured into the middle of the lamp, and a wick was inserted in the left side and lighted. The lamp was held by the handle on the right.

Clay bottles like these were used to store incense and perfume, the mainstay of Nabataean trade. Thousands of these have been found throughout the Nabataean Empire as well.


The Nabataeans were famous for their egg-shell thin, red pottery with black designs. Dishes ranged in size from small saucers to large trays almost a meter across.


Nabataean pottery came in all sizes and shapes, but all of it was made with the traditional red clay found close to the city of Petra.

 During the time of the Nabataean empire glass dishes were just becoming available. Since many of the Nabataeans were wealthy merchants, glass dishes have been found at many sites.

See a Nabataean bowel from Tel el Far'ah by following this link:


This large marble pot was found in the city of Petra. Note the lions decorating the handles of the pot.
Nabataean Culture   Clothing
Desert Life   Coins
 The Price of Honor   Pottery
 Honor and Shame in a Middle Eastern Setting   Writing
 Nabataean Graffiti   The Multi-Alphabet Theory
 Writing Chart (Arabic base)  Writing Charts (German, English) 
 The Petra Scrolls  The Cave of Letters 
 Nabataean Pantheon of Gods  Burial Practices
 Block Gods  Nabataean Zodiac
 Making Sense of Middle Eastern Religion  Forms of Worship
 Deifying Leaders  Pre-Islamic Gods in Arabia header with menus