"Chi-Rho" Oil Lamp

Late Antique (Christian) 

reproduction: from the catacombs of San Callisto

date of the original: unknown 

provenance of the original: unknown

description: This terracotta oil lamp is a reproduction from the catacombs of San Callisto in Rome. Its shoulder is decorated with the Chi Rho (Greek letters symbolizing Christ), flanked by the Greek letters Alpha and Omega (symbolizing the divine), and encircled by a laurel wreath. Length 13 cm.

(See also: Funerary Inscription of Nicella.)