Lamp

Greek
Hellenistic Period
2nd–1st century B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 2.5 cm.; width: 4.7 cm.; length: 7.6 cm (1 x 1 7/8 x 3 in.)

Accession Number

72.1530

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools and equipment, Lighting devices

Circular-ovoid body, merging with a deep flat-topped blunt-ended nozzle. Shallow biconical profile; small flat circular base, small flattish disc with slight rim. Relief patterns on top, very blurred (faint radial strokes on shoulder, longitudinal grooves on nozzle with small volutes at junction with shoulder).

Condition: Slight burning and flaking round the wick-hole.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way