New World Byzantine Studios New World Byzantine Studios Products About Us Articles/Links Our Artisans Contact Us Opportunities
Silver Hanging Lampada

Our exquisite silver vigil lamp is styled after the best 16th-century Russian metalwork. Its open form and pendant ornaments are reminiscent of the marvelous open-work silver lamps used in Imperial Byzantium. You won’t find a more beautiful or more historically appropriate vigil lamp than this.

Our lampada is hand crafted entirely from sterling silver by silversmiths in Taxco, Mexico. Even the chains are hand made, soldered together link by link. The glass insert is specially made for us from heat resistant borosilicate (“pyrex”) glass. Following the ancient practice, our glass is colorless in order to allow the maximum light to shine out and to reveal the golden color of the oil. We supply these lamps with a Russian-style wick holder and wick.

The body of the lamp bears the text “Holy, Holy, Holy.” The letters H-O-L-Y can be seen on each side intertwined with vines in the Old Russian style. Byzantine crosses are cut out from each side to reveal the light, and cruciform pendants hang below to reflect it. At the top of the lamp, the disk that holds the chains has the shape of a slightly domed eight-pointed star. In total, the lamp 20” is tall. The glass is 3.25” in diameter. This is slightly larger than most lampadas, and works well with larger icons or an iconostasis.

When used at night, this lamp radiates an intensely beautiful light. Golden light, colored by the oil, shines out of the bottom and sides, while the polished silver reflects sparkling white highlights. This intermingling of silver and gold is rich and mysterious, ever changing, and visually profound.

Price: $690