An Anthropomorphic Candelabrum from Amasra Museum Amasra Müzesi’nden Antropomorfik Bir Candelabrum

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Çelikbaş E., Oyarçin K.

Gephyra, vol.24, pp.119-131, 2022 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.37095/gephyra.1113822
  • Journal Name: Gephyra
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, L'Année philologique, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.119-131
  • Keywords: Amasra Museum, anthropomorphic, bronze artifact, candelabrum, oil lamp holder
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


The subject of the study is an anthropomorphic bronze candelabrum that was acquired by the Amasra Museum through purchasing. The candelabrum, a large multi-armed candelabra used to carry oil lamps during the Roman period, is made up of a plate in which the lamp is placed and a leg that raises it off the ground. There is a figure of a small child on the anthropomorphic candelabrum preserved in the Amasra Museum. This elaborated and highlighted in four directions child figure holds an important place in that it contains one of the most beautiful examples of Roman plastic art. The purpose of use, current situation, and general features of the candelabrum were emphasized within the scope of the study, and it was then evaluated in detail in terms of Roman plastic style and typology, as well as production technique. As a result of the study, the comparison of the candelabrum with similar examples was made, considering the figure feature and production technique, it was stated that it was produced at the end of the 2nd century AD and the beginning of the 3rd century AD, and why a figure of a small child might be preferred on the candelabrum.