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LARGE Unique ORNATE ANTIQUE BRONZE ROMAN BYZANTINE HANGING OIL LAMP with GRIFFIN

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Seller: postmark67 (1,727) 100%, Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 112798663313 **** **** **** **** LARGE, EXTRAVAGANT, EXTREMELY UNIQUE & ORNATE, ANTIQUE, BRONZE, ROMAN BYZANTINE, Style HANGING OIL LAMP with a GRIFFIN'S HEAD HANDLE ~ with PEDESTAL BASE ~ with LARGE FLUTED FONT (Wick Burner), ~ with HINGED LID ~ Lamp is Profusely Detailed Throughout with the famous Roman Emperor Constantine's Version of the Christian Symbol (Being formed by superimposing the first two 'capital' letters chi and rho (ΧΡ) of the Greek word "ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ" = Christ in such a way to produce the monogram ~ Widespread in ancient Christianity, it was the symbol used by the Roman Emperor Constantine I as vexillum (named Labarum) that came to him in a vision during a battle when he was almost killed, causing Constantine to convert to a Christian overnight... forever changing the religion of the Roman Empire from that time on with a Christian Cross above the Dragon's Head ~ Measuring Approximately 8-1/4 inches long x 2-5/8 inches wide x 6 inches high ~ ITEM # lamp-159 ~ **** NOTE: We just received a print-out showing a Photo of a Lamp almost exact to this one... but with a Complete Hanger Chain with Hook (our Lamp has only remnants of its Chain, and no hook), stating the following: "Lamp with Griffin-Head Handle, Byzantine, 300-400 AD - The ________ Museum of Art" - "Bronze oil lamps with griffin-head handles and Christian symbolic decoration were common from the 4th through the 6th centuries and have survived in considerable numbers all over the Mediterranean world. The popularity of griffins, ancient mythological creatures with the body of a lion and head and wings of an eagle, is probably rooted in their traditional role as powerful guardian figures and protectors. On this Early Byzantine bronze lamp, the griffin seems to have functioned similarly as a guardian of the flame and a keeper of the light. The decoration of an everyday utilitarian object with both pagan and Christian symbols of protection may mark an effort to enhance its power," This 'print-out' Document will accompany this Lamp ~ You might possibly be able to research this same information... showing the Photo mentioned above. ~ Look Over the Photos Provided as they are part of the Description ~ This Beautiful, Unique and Very Decorative, Antique, Oil Lamp shows some wear, with Nice Patina throughout... commensurate with age & use, remaining in Excellent Condition Overall... and It Will make an Excellent Addition for Your Collection, Display or a Fantastic Gift!!! ~ **** Ask any /all Questions Before Auction Ends **** ~ We Have Several Different, ANTIQUE ROMAN, EGYPTIAN, PERSIAN & INDO-PERSIAN STYLE Bronze OIL LAMPS from our 35 YEARS OF Collecting that are now being offered For Sale. You can View some of these by clicking on "View Seller's Other Auctions". **** CHECK OUT our Other AUCTIONS - as we Will Always COMBINE SHIPPING (When Possible) on Multiple Purchases **** This Item will be Professionally Wrapped, Padded and Packaged with 40 Years of Shipping Experience - Fully Insured. **** **** **** **** **** **** **** BE SURE TO CHECK OUT OUR OTHER AUCTIONS FOR ADDITIONAL RELATED ITEMS!!!! THANKS AGAIN! **** **** **** **** The Great Northwest Trading Company - Est. 1976 Condition: This Beautiful, Unique and Very Decorative, Antique, Oil Lamp shows some wear, with Nice Patina throughout... commensurate with age & use, remaining in Excellent Condition Overall... and It Will make an Excellent Addition for Your Collection, Display or a Fantastic Gift!!, Material: Bronze

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