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Lamp and Stand

Lamp and Stand

400s

Byzantium, early Byzantine period, 5th century

Bronze

Overall: 34.8 x 13.5 cm (13 11/16 x 5 5/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Klejman 1970.45

Description

Bronze oil lamps were made either with stands, like the nearby example, or with chains for suspension on hooks within homes and churches. This lamp is cast in the form of a griffin, a guardian figure from antiquity frequently used in Byzantine churches, which contained much wealth. The Christian monogram on the handle indicates the lamp was intended for use within a church.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Byzantine
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Bronze

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