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Chritsian Lamp


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Type Other
Title Chritsian Lamp
Creator John Baumgart
Country Tunisia
Description Carthage, c. 422-500 A. D. Red clay and slip. Length: 13.4 cm (5 1/4 in.). Diameter of discus: 8 cm (3 1/8 in.). Red ware discus lamp with Christogram in relief in discus. The monogram of Christ is decorated with a geometic pattern composted of concentric circles, lozenges, and pellets. The shoulder frame of the lamp is adorned with slightly less than lifesize renditions of solidi of Theodosius II, half showing the obverse with a military bust of the emporer facing three-quarters right, and half showing the reverse with Victory hodling a long cross. At the nozzle end of the shoulder frame are two rectangles decorated with lozenges. On the lower side of the lamp, in ink, is written #952 Sbeitla, Tunisia, and on the bottom 439 A. D. Parallels: For other lamps from the same mold, see A. Ennabli, Lampes chr?tiennes de Tunisie (Paris 1976), pl. lii, 952 (illustrated in color on the front cover) and BMC III, Q1766 MLA. The only example with renditions of coins, circulating at the time, used as a decoration.

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