Lamp and stand

Byzantine Period
6th century

Place of Manufacture: East Mediterranean


Lamp height: 13 cm; length: 24.5 cm; width: 9.5 cm Stand height: 25.5 cm; greatest width, 15.9 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World


Lighting devices

Early Byzantine lamp with stand; either for use in a Byzantine household to be placed on a table or possible part of a church treasure including liturgical implements. Unusual design of lamp with open loop handles inspired by foliage sprays with a cross on top. A single nozzle lamp and hinged domed lid with a finial. Lamp stand is supported by three legs resting on claw feet. Several parallels which are assigned to Egypt or Syria are in the collections at Dumbarton Oaks and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


By 1980: London antiquities trade; 1980: purchased by David Miller, P.O. Box 711, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP2 4UH, England, in the London antiquities trade; date unknown: sold by David Miller to private collector in the United States; by 2001: with Robert Haber & Associates, Inc., 61 West 23rd St., New York, NY 10010; purchased by MFA from Robert Haber & Associates, March 20, 2002.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by George D. and Margo Behrakis