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Chrismon Lamp
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Chrismon Lamp


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Description This terracotta lamp displays the superimposed Greek letters Chi (X) and Rho (P), the monogram of Christ. These initials form a symbol that serves as an invocation, or appeal, for his divine protection. People used clay oil lamps to light their homes and, when decorated with Christian symbols, to refer to Christ as the symbolic light of the world.
Provenance Pete N. Nickolas ("Helios Old World Antiquities"), Westminster, Maryland, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1987, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1987

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4th century (Late Antique)
Medium
terracotta
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.2569
Measurements
H: 1 5/16 x W: 4 3/16 x D: 2 9/16 in. (3.3 x 10.6 x 6.5 cm)
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