Lantern, about 1550

Lantern, about 1550

Iron lantern
France
About 1550
Museum no. 469-1895

Lanterns were used for processions during the night of Maundy Thursday. In the Easter week this was the evening when Jesus held the Last Supper and was later arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. Lanterns were also used in Passion plays to illuminate the moment of his arrest.