Byzantine and Holy Land Oil Lamps

Sadigh Gallery Byzantine and Holy Land Oil Lamps

Here’s Part 2 of Sadigh Gallery’s Oil Lamps collection.

Oil lamp was the principle means of producing light in ancient times. It also had a symbolic and cultic purpose, as is indicated by the profusion of lamps found in tombs: it served to light the way for the deceased, and as a link between the living and the dead. The light of the oil lamp often symbolized the human soul and his struggle between good and evil. Thus the saying: ‘A lamp is called a lamp, and the soul of a man is called a lamp’ (Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 30b). The fuel which burnt in these lamps was usually olive oil. The shape and decoration of the oil lamp changed and evolved quite rapidly through time, and also varied from culture to culture. Lamps, therefore, are convenient indicators for dating archaeological assemblages. In the Byzantine period, with the spread of Christianity in the region, it became common practice to decorate the lamps with Christian symbols. Follow this link to view and educate yourself on some of the other religious-themed artifacts available at Sadigh Gallery.

The slide below features authentic and ancient oil lamps from the Holy Lands and the Byzantine Empire. Enjoy!


About Sadigh Gallery

Sadigh Gallery is a family-owned art gallery specializing in ancient artifacts and coins from around the world. The gallery was established in 1978 as a small mail order company which was operated by one man, Michael Sadigh. After achieving much success, he then moved to the current location on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in 1982. Our focus is on providing affordable ancient antiquities and friendly, down-to-earth service. As a family-owned business, we greatly treasure the interaction with our customers. A large portion of our customers have been with us for 10 to 20 years, and we are grateful that they have become good friends, rather than simple business partners. We pride in providing quality service to each and every one of our customers, and their satisfaction matters most to us. If you have any questions, concerns, or any other comments regarding our merchandises or services, feel free to call us at your convenience. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority! All of our antiquities are guaranteed authentic, and all items are sent with a Lifetime Certificate of Authenticity. We provide secure packing to ensure safe delivery. Contact us for more information, or to receive one of our FREE CATALOG today. Contact Information: 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Toll Free (800)426-2007 Tel (212)725-7537 E-mail: Web Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00AM – 8:00PM Open on Sundays by appointment only. Closed on Saturdays.
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