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Lamp with Greek inscription

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An ovoid lamp from Istanbul with two filling-holes that bears on the shoulders an inscription in Greek: "The Light of Christ Shines upon us all".


By date unknown: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Place, Philadelphia, Pa.; purchased from Hesperia Art by Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Vermeule III, December 23, 1965; June 3, 1967: loaned to MFA by Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Vermeule III (as 156.67); gift of Mrs. and Mrs. C. C. Vermeule III to MFA, October 14, 1970

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Vermeule III

Byzantine, Early Byzantine Period, 5th–6th century A.D.

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The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Lighting Devices