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Lamp on Separate Pricket Stand

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

This lamp combines a number of seemingly discrete elements. A stand with a tripod base supports a cross that in turn holds up a lamp. The lamp has a seashell-shaped cover and a ring handle on top of which is another cross.

This Christian lamp includes the common shell decoration found on the fountain depicted in the Jewish mosaic from the Naro synagogue. The same motif is also found on many Jewish tombs in Rome and ultimately derives from the seashell that bore the Greek goddess Aphrodite.
CULTURES Islamic; Coptic
DATES 6th–7th century C.E.
PERIOD Byzantine Period
DIMENSIONS Lamp: 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 6 1/8 in. (8.9 x 7 x 15.6 cm) Stand: 12 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. (31.8 x 13.3 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Islamic. Lamp on Separate Pricket Stand, 6th–7th century C.E. Bronze, Lamp: 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 6 1/8 in. (8.9 x 7 x 15.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 41.1086a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 41.1086a-b_profile.jpg)
IMAGE profile, 41.1086a-b_profile.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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