"Icthys" 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. It bears the image of a fish and the Greek word for fish, ichthys (an acrostic representing Christ: Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter - “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour”). Length 16.5 cm.