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Polycandelon Lamps

The polycandelon, also known as a polyeleos lamp, was a widely used light fixture in Byzantine churches. We are pleased to offer newly made polycandela closely modeled upon examples from the 6th century. Whereas the originals were made from cast bronze, a costly technique, ours our made of steel with a dark oxide patina and lacquer finish. The lamps are specially made for us from clear heat-resistant borosilicate (“pyrex”) glass. They can also be fitted with ordinary vigil cups, although our lamps are the more ancient and beautiful form. We offer three standard sizes.


The 3-lamp polycandelon is 8” diameter and 17” tall from the top of the cross to the metal disk. It bears an early-Christian six-bar cross motif. It is well suited as a lamp for an icon corner, or as a vigil lamp for a wall fresco.


Price for metalwork only: $110 Price with handmade glass lamps: $200


The 7-lamp polycandelon was the most typical design in ancient times, and was usually hung from a bracket off a wall or column. The disk has a repeating Alpha-Omega motif, and the top medallion has a six-bar cross. It is 12” diameter and 18” tall.


Price for metalwork only: $225 Price with handmade glass lamps: $450


The 9-lamp polycandelon is our most beautiful design, and works well as a central fixture in a small chapel, or as an ornamental piece hanging above a table. It has an Alpha-Omega design in the disk, and Byzantine crosses ornamenting the chains. The top medallion has Greek puzzle cipher, which is traditional in Byzantine metalwork. Ours has the first and last letters of “Genetheto Phos” (Let there be light). It is 17” diameter, and 33” tall.


Price for metalwork only: $400 Price with handmade glass lamps: $700