Lamp in the form of a dove - ROM2010_11707_80

ROM2010_11707_80

Lamp in the form of a dove

Medium:Cast bronze
Geography: Eastern Mediterranean (acquired in Cairo, Egypt)
Date: c. 400-600 CE
Period: Mediaeval, Byzantine period
Dimensions:
10.15 x 15.7 x 7.4 cm, 369.3 g
Object number: 907.7.4
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Byzantium
DescriptionThe Byzantine Divine Liturgy was symbolic re-enactment of Christ's Incarnation, teachings, and sacrifice. This Great Mysterium - the redemption of humanity - unfolded in an elaborate church ceremony that included prayers, hymns, readings, processions, and lavish vestments. The ceremony involved the whole person, enlightening the mind and stimulating the senses so the worshipper would experience the Divine. Some of the important implements used in conjunction with the ceremony were patens and chalices to hold the bread and the wine of the Eucharist, spoons processional crosses, censers for burning incense, and lamps for lighting. Bread stamps with various patterns were used to mark the bread.
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