Turkish lantern

"This Turkish lantern, or fanoos, was used in Scutari during the [Crimean] war. It is the same traditional design as ones used by Florence Nightingale on her nightly rounds of the wards. The image of her holding such a lamp gave rise to the legend of 'The Lady with the Lamp': a guardian angel of the troops. Artists often mistakenly showed her holding a Greek or a genie lamp instead, which only added to the sentimental image"1.

The lantern can be seen in the Florence Nightingale Museum of London.

  • Photo by ti.supmacinu|ihgrob.l#ihgroB acuL (August 2011), courtesy of the Florence Nightingale Museum

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