• Some Aspects of Decorations on Early Christian Lamps from the Central Balkans,

    Branka Gugolj, Danijela Tešić Radovanović (see profile)
    Ancient Greece & Rome, Cultural Studies, History of Art, Late Antiquity
    Idols and images, Art
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    Conference proceeding
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    Наука без граница III
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    Филозофски факултет Универзитета у Приштини
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    iconography, Iconology
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    This paper aims to examine models by which symbolism of light and lamp in the Mediterranean region was manifested in the early Christian visual culture, i.e. lamp representations from Central Balkans. Lamps with Early Christian representations are considered in the context of transculturality of Late Antiquity, as well as political and religious changes that marked the period. By means of their function, decoration and context of findings, the lamps from Central Balkans fit into the currents of the Mediterranean world. Lamp decoration illustrates the general phenomena and tendencies present in the visual culture of Late Antiquity. The lamps display a gradual disappearance of pagan and secular themes in favour of Christian themes. The motifs on the lamps reflect the cultural syncretism of the period and show the ways in which pagan images were incorporated into Christian visual culture. The lamps testify about modifications in cult practices, and the formation of new religious habits, such as pilgrimage for the sake of piety or healing. Simultaneously, they show that some aspects of the light and lamps symbolism are archetypal and universal, able to endure despite religious changes. The particular attention will be dedicated to objects that reflect the mentioned aspects and tendencies, through their decoration, symbolism and context of findings.
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