Lamp

Roman
Imperial Period
1st century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 14.7 cm (5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

88.574

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Lighting devices

Mould-made lamp; the nozzle has shoulder-volutes and a rounded tip. Between the volutes is a decorative feature. At the rear is a pierced, transverse vertical handle. The hole has been cut so that the lamp can be hooked on to a nail in the wall. The shoudler is plain and wide; it is separated from the disc by a concentric egg-pattern.The disc is plain; there are two grooves (incised).
Light yellow-brown clay.

Provenance

By date unknown: with R. Lanciani; purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, 1888, for $493.92 (this figure is the total price of MFA 88.538–88.644 and 89.9–89.31)

Credit Line

Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation