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  • Production date:

    Early Medieval; 12th century

  • Location:

    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.

  • Measurements

    H 310 mm; W 180 mm

  • Materials

    copper alloy

  • Last Updated





    permanent collection


    digital image copyright Museum of London

  • Related place

    City of London


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