Lamp (multi-nozzled) with Pegasus

Roman
Imperial Period
Late 1st century A.D.


Dimensions

10.2 cm (4 in.)

Accession Number

88.580

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools and equipment, Lighting devices

A mould-made lamp with an oval body and originally five nozzles (only two are intact). Each of the nozzles has a rounded tip and a flat, oval area around the wick-hole. At the rear is a handle. The shoulder is wide and rounded and is separated from the oval disc by concentric grooves. On the disc is Pegasus, flying to left. Dull red clay. From Porta Salaria.

Provenance

By date unknown: with R. Lanciani (perhaps from Porta Salaria); 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