This lamp with plain flaring sides is decorated with two engraved crosses on opposite sides and has a swelling bowl-like base engraved with acanthus leaves within bands of turning. On the base, there are five control stamps, one of each type. Around the rim, a nielloed inscription is visible between bands of turning. This object is one of three similar lamps; this one partially restored.
S. A. Boyd, M. M. Mango, and G. Vikan, Ecclesiastical Silver Plate in Sixth-Century Byzantium (Washington, D.C., 1992), 10 n. 38, 11, 27, 40 n. 9, 45 n. 51, 58 n.10, 61, 79, 80, 82, 172, 180, 221, fig. S37.1-3, checklist no. 37, table I no. 28.
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.