A BYZANTINE TERRACOTTA SLIPPER LAMP WITH INSCRIPTION
Please refer to our stock # WL.11 when inquiring.
c. late 5th -8th Century CE
Made in a two-part mold, this lamp is one of the most common and emblematic of the Byzantine period. The central fill hole is enclosed by an inner and outer rim, the outer of which connects to the wick hole and forms the center of a stylized palm tree above the nozzle. The shoulders of the lamp bear Greek inscription “The light of Christ enlightens us all”. There is no handle on the lamp and it sits on a ring base.
In excellent condition.
3.58 x 2.59 inches (9.1 x 6.6 cm)
From an American collection acquired in Israel. Ships from the United States.
Worldwide Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.
Stanislao Loffreda, “Light and Life: Ancient Christian Oil Lamps of the Holy Land” (Jerusalem: 2001), 17-19, fig. 18.
Noam Adler, “A Comprehensive Catalog of Oil Lamps of the Holy Land from the Adler Collection”, (Old City Press: Israel, 2004.)