A lamp such as this might have lit
homes at the dawn of the
Christian era. A metaphor of joy
and prosperity, for hope, for life
itself, lamps have illuminated 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.