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Oil Lamp with Greek Inscription - L.0851
Origin: Bethlehem, Israel
Circa: 400 AD to 600 AD

Collection: Byzantine
Medium: Terracotta


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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A lamp such as this might have lit homes at the dawn of the Christian era. A metaphor for joy and prosperity, for hope, for life itself, lamps have illumninated the path of civilization for centuries. They have guided great thoughts through the night, stood vigil with lonely passions. In the presence of this simple object, we are in touch directly with a vanished world, with the people once warmed by its glow. Today it remains as an enduring symbol of man's desire to conquer the darkness. - (L.0851)

 

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