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Early Medieval; 12th century
On Display: Museum of London: Medieval London: Royal London and Immigration: Immigration
The lamp consists of a container for oil with six spouts to hold wicks, and an openwork 'tower' with decoration including three lions. A small dish hangs underneath to catch oil drips. This lamp is similar to the traditional shape of a Jewish 'Sabbath lamp' that is lit in Jewish homes on Friday evenings and on the eve of festivals. A number of medieval lamps of this type have been found in England - all in towns that had Jewish communities before 1290 - and elsewhere in Europe. It is not certain that they are all Jewish - similar lamps may also have been used in Christian buildings.
H 310 mm; W 180 mm
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