Bysantinsk kyrkjelykt

photographs: Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority
photographs: Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority

Eg syns denne 1500 år gamle lykta er fascinerande.

Det er israelske arkeologar som denne veka har presentert funnet av ei keramikk-lykt frå bysantinsk tid, forma som ei kyrkje.

Hovudfunnet på staden er ei stor vinpresse.

IAA skriv:

The owner of the wine press was probably a Christian, because near it we found a ceramic lantern decorated by five crosses. The lantern was designed as a miniature church building, with an oval opening on one side that enabled to insert an oil lamp. The other sides of the lantern were decorated by geometric impressions creating a design of palm branches. The crosses were carved in the walls of the lantern, so when the lantern was lit in a small room glowing crosses were projected on the walls and the cieling.

(Les meir) skriv også om funnet:

A ceramic model of a church from the Byzantine period, which is somewhat a rarity in archaeological research, was found near the wine press. This object is a kind of clay box that has an accentuated and decorated opening in its broad side. Floral decorations and crosses appear on the other three sides. The roof of the model is fashioned in the shape of a sloped tile roof, and in its four corners are four decorative knobs meant to accentuate the corners. On the top of the roof a large loop handle, also flanked by crosses, was attached for holding or suspending the object. The variety of decorations and building-like features of the object suggest this is a miniature model of a church. According to Dr. Avner, “Objects of this kind are known from archaeological research as lanterns: they were used as practical ritual objects that were hung or placed inside buildings. An oil lamp inserted into it through the decorated opening illuminated the inside of the model. Since the crosses also served as narrow openings, the light was disseminated via them and shadows of crosses were projected onto the walls of the building where the object was placed.

(les meir)

Funnet er gjort i ei utgraving i Hamei Yoav nær Ashkelon (eller Asjkalon, som Bibelselskapet skriv i sine kart).

(via PaleoJudaica)

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