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.