Christiane Oil Lamp


The first Christians adopted the custom of using lamps like these during the time of their persecution, when they were obliged to meet at night in dark catacombs. They also put burning lamps around the dead for burial ceremonies. The lamp, however, was a common household object in the Roman period, and at first the Christians did not decorate their lamps with any symbol that would reveal their faith to their neighbors. It was only later, when Christianity was declared a state religion at the end of the fourth century, that religious emblems appeared on the lamps used by Christians. At this time, such lamps were even sold to pilgrims at the entrance to the catacombs.

  • Site: UNKNOWN 

  • Date: Byzantine Period

  • Material: Terracotta

  • Item Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 cm 

  • Archaeological Mission:

  • National Museum Of Aleppo (2011) – Inv Number: C 1894A-B

  • Index Code: Alp 05

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