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Byzantine Glass Lamp - GF.0232
Origin: Hebron, Israel
Circa: 400 AD to 600 AD

Collection: Byzantine Art
Style: Byzantine
Medium: Glass


Location: United States
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Slender and graceful, elegantly simple, this glass lamp may have burned during the Golden Age of Byzantium. The bulb in its base was meant to hold a wick, while the cylindrical body held oil and protected the flame against the wind. The translucent glass, colored sea green, must have cast a soft light. If we close our eyes, we can imagine the vanished rooms warmed by its light, the people who drew comfort from its gentle glow. An age-old metaphor for joy, for hope, for life itself, such a lamp survives today, as an enduring symbol of man's desire to conquer the darkness. - (GF.0232)

 

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