A new Nabataean inscribed bronze lamp


  • Zeyad al-Salameen,   

  • Younis Shdaifat



This paper examines a new inscribed Nabataean lamp currently held by Mr Salem Shdaifat. It represents the first known Nabataean inscribed bronze lamp that was dedicated to the life of Obodas the god, by a man and a woman, probably a husband and his wife. Palaeographically, the text may date back to the first century AD, as indicated by a comparison of the letter forms with a number of dated Nabataean inscriptions.