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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Byzantine: Pre AD 1000: item # 783699

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45 Jaffa Gate, Opposite David Citadel Entrance
P. O. Box 14646, Jerusalem 9114601, Israel
tel. 972 2 583 7606

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$300.00
Sale Price $300...Originally $375

A BYZANTINE TERRACOTTA OIL LAMP
c. early 5th Century A.D.- early 8th Century A.D.

To either side of the stylized palm tree are two devices which Loffreda considers symbols representing flights of steps descending into and ascending out of a baptismal pool. The inscription runs clockwise around the lamp. It begins facing the shoulders, then switches to facing the center of the lamp, and reads : “The Light of Christ Enlightens All”. ΦΩΣ (= "Light", with a lunate sigma) ΧΥ (abbreviation of ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ, = "of Christ") ΦΕΝ (abbreviation and dialect-influenced spelling of ΦΑΙΝΕΙ, = "enlightens") ΠΑΑΣΙΝ (spelling variation of ΠΑΣΙΝ, with an extra alpha and lunate sigma fused with iota, = "to all"). Found in Jerusalem. In very good condition.

3.5 inches (8.9 cm) long x 2.48 inches (6.3 cm) wide x 1.18 inches (3.0 cm) high.

Plexiglass stand, packing, shipping and handling, insurance and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.

Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority

WHEN BUYING THIS LAMP YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE A FREE BOOK ON HOLY LAND OIL LAMPS

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Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

Proverbs 13:9 The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked will be put out.



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