Lamps Bearing the Three Hebrew Youths

The lamp on the left was made in Tunisia and dates to 400-600, according to the Metropolitan Museum's label. The one on the right is from Salona, in what was Dalmatia. It is dated 420-550 by the Archeological Museum in Split, Croatia. The youths can be identified by their tunics, voluminously flared below low belts just like their garments in 4th-century sarcophagi.

Despite the lamps' origins at the two ends of the Mediterranean, the compositions are nearly identical, with the angel to the left of the palm tree and the three youths to the right.

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Photographed at the museums by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.