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Lamp Handle with a Griffin’s Head

6th–7th century
Copper alloy
Overall: 6 15/16 x 1 7/8 x 6 7/16 x 1 1/4 in. (17.6 x 4.7 x 16.4 x 3.2 cm)
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Gift of Max Falk, 1987
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
The size and weight suggest that this handle was fastened to a large standing lamp.
Dr. Leopold Seligmann, Cologne (until 1930); Hayford Peirce ; [ Piero Tozzi Galleries Inc., New York (until 1977)]; Max Falk, New York (1977-1987)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recent Acquisitions, 1987-1988 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1988). p. 14.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Eighteenth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1987, through June 30, 1988." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 118 (1988). p. 33.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 47, p. 39.

Evans, Helen C., Melanie Holcomb, and Robert Hallman. "The Arts of Byzantium." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 58, no. 4 (Spring 2001). p. 29.

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