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Ecclesiastical Brass and Horn ‘Lanthorn’ Lantern c.1700


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A subtle and simple, but powerfully emotive work of folk art can be seen here in this early brass ‘lanthorn’ or lantern. c.1700.

‘Lanthorn’ was the archaic English word used for ‘Lantern’ between the 16th to 19th centuries. It’s origins with a folk etymology associated with the use of reflectors, or covers made from thin translucent sheets of horn which emit a warm illuminating torch light. The windows of the lantern are filled with such thin sheets of horn, which cast a warm ethereal light.

This paired back banal but serenely beautiful piece features three pierced Crosses on its conical brass top, when lit by candle and placed near a surface the light projects upwards casting the shape of a brightly lit cross onto the lantern bearer or the wall and surrounding surfaces. The form of the cross imbues the Christian notion of the ‘Light of the World’ and the lantern represents the light of conscience.

  • Width: 11 cm (4.33″)
  • Height: 24 cm (9.45″)
  • Depth: 11 cm (4.33″)