Lamp

Byzantine, Egypt
Early Byzantine Period
6th–7th century A.D.


Dimensions

Height: 4.1 cm.; width: 5.4 cm.; length: 9.2 cm. (1 5/8 x 2 1/8 x 3 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1539

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Lighting devices

A lamp with flat ovoid base, biconical profile, flat disc with a rim around, continued along nozzle to form a narrow tapering channel; slight rim around wick-hole. Looped handle, slightly flattened in section. The disc is decorated with four small ivy leaves alternating with four diagonal bars, around a small filling-hole.

Condition: Blackened from burning.

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