• A Multilayered Symbolism of the Shapes and Motifs of an Early Christian Lamp in the Shape of a Ship from Smederevo

    Author(s):
    branka gugolj, Danijela Tešić Radovanović (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Subject(s):
    Art, Idols and images, Lamps, Church history--Primitive and early church
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    iconography, christian iconography, Iconology
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/cqwp-1d91
    Abstract:
    This paper represents a reevaluation of previous knowledge of the distinctive bronze lamp in the shape of a ship, discovered on the locality of Mezul, near Smederevo in Serbia, as well as new interpretations based on written sources, analogies and iconographic interpretation. The lamp is specific due to its shape and decoration, its inscription, as well as extraordinary dimensions, since it is, by far, the biggest of all the late antique lamps in the shape of a ship so far encountered. Even though many authors have written about it, numerous unanswered questions remain. Particular attention is dedicated to the ship’s symbolism in early Christianity, then to the symbolism of lamp in the shape of a ship, as well as to the complex meanings of the decoration on the lamp discovered near Smederevo. By linking the context of the finding and the lamp’s decoration with the written and material sources that testify to the historical circumstances in the Danube region in the late Roman period, this paper presents the possible connection of the lamp with yet undiscovered Christian sacral building, and its role on the local martyr cult.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    7 months ago
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