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Oil Lamp with Greek and Arabic Inscriptions

Date:
8th century
Geography:
Made in Jordan, Gerasa (Jerash)
Medium:
Red ware
Dimensions:
1 15/16 x 2 3/8 x 3 11/16 in. (4.9 x 6.1 x 9.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, The Yale Excavations at Gerasa (1929.674)
  • Description

    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.
    This lamp is inscribed in Greek on the top right shoulder "The light of Christ [is] the Resurrection" and in Arabic on the bottom "In the name of God, the Merciful, the Com[passionate]."

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: In Greek, on the right shoulder: The light of Christ [is] the Resurrection; in Greek, on the left shoulder: Christ; Light; in Arabic, in reverse on the bottom: In the name of God, the Merciful, the Com[passionate]

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