Byzantine Era Metal Lighting Devices from the Troy Museum Troya Müzesi’nde Bulunan Bizans Dönemi Metal Aydınlatma Araçları

Koçyiğit O.

Art-Sanat Dergisi, no.20, pp.329-353, 2023 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.26650/artsanat.2023.20.1289454
  • Journal Name: Art-Sanat Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.329-353
  • Keywords: Byzantine, lamp, lighting devices, polykandilion, Troy Museum, Çanakkale
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Çanakkale Museum of Troy, which focuses on the preservation and display of the cultural heritage of the Çanakkale region, was called Troad in antiquity and Hellespont in the Byzantine era and contains a considerable number of Byzantine artifacts. An important part of these artifacts is Byzantine lighting devices. There is a considerable number of Byzantine artifacts in this museum and an important group of these are Byzantine lighting devices. While a small group of them consists of terracotta, the majority are metal works and most of these lighting devices belong to the early Byzantine period. Of these metal objects, which are in the Troy Museum collection and whose total number is twenty-three, fourteen of them belong to the F. Calvert collection and they were delivered to the museum in the 1930s, and the others were included in the museum collection through purchase and donate. And this short study aims to contribute to some general opinions about the common methods and studies used in lighting in the Byzantine period, and how the lighting problem was solved in the Byzantine period, through a small group of lighting tools in the Troy Museum.