Standing Lamp with a Cross on a Pricket Stand, Copper alloy, Byzantine

Standing Lamp with a Cross on a Pricket Stand

5th century
Made in possibly Syria
Copper alloy
Overall: 16 3/4 x 8 1/8 x 5 13/16 in. (42.6 x 20.7 x 14.7 cm)
stand only: 12 11/16 x 5 13/16 in. (32.2 x 14.7 cm)
lamp only: 5 1/16 x 8 1/8 x 4 1/8 in. (12.9 x 20.7 x 10.4 cm)
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1961
Accession Number:
61.114.1a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Standing lamps decorated with crosses and supported on footed bases were common in the early Byzantine world. Bishop Theodoret of Cyrrhus in Syria (d. ca. 466) described Saint Symeon Stylites, who lived atop a column, as “this dazzling lamp, [who] as if placed on a lampstand, has sent out rays in all directions likes the sun.”
[ John J. Klejman (American), New York (sold 1961)]
Weitzmann, Kurt, ed. Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979. no. 556, pp. 620-621.