A RARE BYZANTINE TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP
Catalog:Oil Lamps:Christian: stock #1323052
c. 5th -6th Century CE
An excellent example of its type, this lamp is circular in form with a cone shaped handle and seven wick holes. The central band around the fill hole and upper part of the secondary band contain a Greek inscription. Although the inscription is largely illegible, it most likely is an blessing of the Virgin Mary. The lamp stands on a ring base, inside which are two seven-pointed stars in relief.
In very fine condition.
3.5 x 3.5 x 1.57 inches (9 x 9 x 4 cm)
From an American collection. Ships from the United States.
Free shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.
Stanislao Loffreda, "Light and Life: Ancient Christian Oil Lamps of the Holy Land"(Jerusalem: 2001), pg. 41; fig. 85, 85a.
Rosenthal and Sivan,Ancient Lamps in the Schloessinger Collection, Qedem 8, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1978