• Fish symbol and maritime motifs on late antique lamps from Central Balkans

    Author(s):
    Danijela Tešić Radovanović (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Group(s):
    Byzantine Studies, Cultural Studies, History of Art, Late Antiquity, Medieval Art
    Subject(s):
    Art, Idols and images, Lamps
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    iconography, Iconology
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/xpdb-5353
    Abstract:
    Elements of Christian visual culture appeared in various media in monumental and applied art during the late antique period, from painted decoration in the catacombs, through funerary monuments, to utilitarian objects such as jewellery and lamps. The paper analyses the symbolic meaning of fish and maritime motifs in the context of the late antique visual culture of the Mediterranean and their meaning within the Interpretatio Christiana, as well as the appearance of these motifs on late antique lamps. Ten lamps with maritime motifs or in the form of fish or dolphins are known from the territory of the Central Balkans. Elements of decoration are considered in relation to analogies, textual references, and the context of the finds.
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