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Openwork Lamp


Early Byzantine
mid 6th century
15.5 cm x 18 cm (6 1/8 in. x 7 1/16 in.)
silver
BZ.1963.36.25

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Bibliography
C. Crane, "The Examination and Treatment of a 6th C. Silver Openwork Lamp from the Byzantine Church of Holy Sion," in Preprints of Papers Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, San Francisco, CA, 22-25 May, 1980 (Washington, D.C., 1980), 9-19.

The Archbishop Lakovos Library of Ecclesiastical and Historical Sources, vol. 10 The Life of Saint Nicholas of Sion, trans. I. Sevcenko and N.P. Sevcenko (Brookline, Mass., 1984), pl. 16.

S. A. Boyd, "A Bishop's Gift: Openwork Lamps from the Sion Treasure," in Argenterie romaine et byzantine: actes de la table ronde, Paris 11-13 octobre 1983 ed. F. Baratte and N. Duval (Paris, 1988), 191-202, esp. 192, no. 1, pl. 1.2, 2.1-2.

———, "A 'Metropolitan' Treasure from a Church in the Provinces: An introduction to the Study of the Sion Treasure," in Ecclesiastical Silver Plate in Sixth-Century Byzantium: Papers of the Symposium held May 16-18, 1986, at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, and Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. ed. S.A. Boyd and M.M. Mango (Washington, D.C., 1992), 5-37, esp. 28, no. 41.

I. Sevcenko, "The Sion Treasure: The Evidence of the Inscriptions," in Ecclesiastical Silver Plate in Sixth-Century Byzantium: Papers of the Symposium held May 16-18, 1986, at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, and Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. ed. S.A. Boyd and M.M. Mango (Washington, D.C., 1992), 39-56, esp. 40 n. 7, 45 n. 51.

R. Newman and H. Lie, "The Technical Examination and Conservation of Objects in the Sion Treasure," in Ecclesiastical Silver Plate in Sixth-Century Byzantium: Papers of the Symposium held May 16-18, 1986, at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, and Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. ed. S.A. Boyd and M.M. Mango (Washington, D.C., 1992), 77-94, esp. 77 n. 2, 78 n. 6, 79, 80, 81 n. 11, 83.

P. Meyers, "Elemental Compositions of the Sion Treasure and Other Byzantine Silver Objects," in Ecclesiastical Silver Plate in Sixth-Century Byzantium: Papers of the Symposium held May 16-18, 1986, at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, and Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. ed. S. Boyd and M.M. Mango (Washington, D.C., 1992), 169-75, esp. 174, 179.

E. M. Stern, "Kasniskia: Glass and Metal Openwork Lamps," in Annales du 15e Congrès de l'Association internationale pour l'histoire du verre, New York: Corning 2001 (Amsterdam, 2001), 98-101, esp. 98-99, 101 n. 7,15, fig. 2.

H. G. Meredith, Word Becomes Image: Openwork Vessels as a Reflection of Late Antique Transformation (Oxford, England, 2015), 238, no. 72.



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.