Lamp with Eros

Roman, Cyprus
Imperial Period
3rd century A.D.


Dimensions

Length: 8.8 cm (3 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

12.789

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools and equipment, Lighting devices

A lamp with almost circular body; unperforated handle; short, round nozzle; flat base within circle; two filling-holes, diagonally placed.
Unglazed, no slip. Rim with small ovules and side-panels, ridge around slightly depressed discus, which is decorated with a nude figure (Eros) with situla (Bailey 1988: “lamp-holder and bowl of fruit”).

Provenance

By date unknown: Collection of the Misses Norton (according to MFA archival card: from Cyprus: Cesnola); gift of the Misses Norton to MFA, August 15, 1912

Credit Line

Gift of the Misses Norton