Oil Lamp with a Cross
Made in Eastern Mediterranean
approx. 4 5/16 x 1 3/8 x 2 5/8 x 3/16 in. (11 x 3.5 x 6.7 x 0.5 cm)
Irbid Archaeological Museum, Jordan (IR-130)
Not on view
The decoration on the clay lamps, small objects designed for daily use, in the exhibition helps chart the transformation of Byzantium’s southern provinces into lands central to the Islamic world. Largely produced at the important city of Gerasa (Jerash) in Jordan, the lamps came with a variety of decorations—Christian crosses and inscriptions, Greek and Arabic inscriptions on the same lamp, and ones inscribed only in Arabic.