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Unique Ecclesiastical Griffin Terracotta Oil Lamp Byzantine Period Durostorum 500-600 AD from Durostorum (Silistra, Bulgaria) Museum Reproduction TL0002

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Terracotta Museum Reproduction (stamped with the museum’s name and signature) of a Byzantine period bronze ecclesiastical griffin oil lamp, found in the Episcopal Church of ancient Durostorum (modern Silistra, Bulgaria) and dated to the 5th-6th century. Original artifact is currently in Regional Museum of History- Silistra (photo of the original in the gallery). Lamps of this type stand in front of the altar doors and have numerous parallels among the church utensils from the V-VII century.

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In the church interior and the liturgy, the candelabras have an important place. It is remarkable that analogous to the Silistra ones are found in the study of the early Byzantine basilica from the V-VI century in Romuliana and the early Christian complex “Domus” in Istria, which is identified by most researchers as an episcopal palace from the VI century. From well preserved specimens in collections is seen that very often on the sharp spike on top are strung bronze lamps with handles in the form of beasts, birds, Christian symbols, etc. This suggests that on bronze candelabras from the Durostorum treasure would bronze oil lamps (like this one) be attached and they were placed in front of altar on some of the city temples.

Weight 165 g
Dimensions 150 mm

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