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Bronze lamp holder

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
6th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 12 15/16 in. (32.9 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5639
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
This form of lamp holder was probably introduced by the Phoenicians, and it remained prevalent in Cyprus from about the eighth to the sixth century B.C. The lowermost cylinder would have been set on a wooden shaft, the lamp itself would have rested on the ring at the top. Representing the height of luxury, an ivory stand of the eighth century B.C. was found at Salamis on Cyprus.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4964, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 1272, p. 367, New York: Gilliss Press.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 282, pp. 174-5, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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