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Bronze lamp

Period:
Cypro-Archaic–Cypro-Classical
Date:
6th–5th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
length 14.3 cm; width 12.5 cm
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5650
Not on view
While terracotta was by far the most common material for lamps, bronze examples occur occasionally. They were used by the most affluent, probably for special occasions such as symposia or dedicated in sanctuaries. This piece, which is cast, accommodated two wicks.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4980, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 1326, p. 379, New York: Gilliss Press.

Matthäus, Hartmut. 1985. Metallgefässe und Gefässuntersätze der Bronzezeit, der geometrischen und archaischen Periode auf Cypern: mit einem Anhang der bronzezeitlichen Schwertfunde auf Cypern, Prähistorische Bronzefunde, Abteilung II Bd. 8. cat. 601, pp. 271, 376, München: Beck.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 288, pp. 176-7, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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