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Crushed Standing Lamp

mid 6th century
9 x 24.5 x 4 cm (3 9/16 x 9 5/8 x 1 9/16 in.)
silver and niello

Not on view


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Additional Image crushed; general view
crushed; general view
Additional Image With BZ.1963.36.16 and BZ.1963.36.17
With BZ.1963.36.16 and BZ.1963.36.17

This standing lamp with Acanthus leaaves and crosses (one of two) is crushed. The same border is visible around bottom as on companion pieces (BZ.1963.36.16 and 17); from what is visible in its crushed state, apparently these objects have the same inscription around the top. One engraved cross is fully visible and the other cross is only partially visible. Now, the lamp is flattened and folded, with no stamps visible.

S. Boyd and M. Mundell-Mango, Ecclesiastical Silver Plate in Sixth Century Byzantium (Washington, DC, 1992), 10 n. 38, 11 40 n. 9, 45 n. 51, 174, 180, 221 n. 36, Checklist no. 39.

Acquisition History
Originally found near the village of Kumluca, Turkey.

Purchased from George Zacos (dealer) by Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Switzerland, 1963.

Given by Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss to Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C., 1963.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Collection, Washington, D.C.