Lamp in the form of an elephant's head

Roman Provincial
Roman Period


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 490.

Dimensions

Length: 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

59.962

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Lighting devices

The lamp takes the form of an Indian elephant’s head, the trunk serving as nozzle. The filling hole is on the top of the head, and there is a ring handle at the back. The base is small and circular. the top of the handle is pierced, perhaps to attach missing lid. Olive green patina, with earthy encrustation.

Probably from Syria.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., December 10, 1959, for $ 320.00

Credit Line

Classical Department Purchase Fund