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Glass oil lamps with wick holders suspended by bronze hanging devices

Glass oil lamps with wick holders suspended by bronze hanging devices

Glass oil lamps with wick holders suspended by bronze hanging devices

Glass, bronze

H (oil lamp): 8 - 12 cm; H (hanging device): 16.5 - 34 cm

Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number:

69.26.332

IAA:

38-2120, 51-959, 78-2560

Archaeology/Hellenistic, Roman & Byzantine Periods

Natural light penetrated the church through the high clerestory windows and the windows of the facade, but since liturgical rites were also held in the evening, additional lighting was necessary. Many different types of devices were used, some of which were quite elaborate. On the tables stood bronze lamp stands, which supported oil lamps. In some cases, the stands were so tall they could be placed directly on the floor.

From the Israel Museum publications:

Israeli, Yael, and Mevorach, David, Cradle of Christianity, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2000, English / Hebrew

Exhibitions:

Cradle of Christianity, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 28/03/2000 - 30/01/2001

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by:
The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir