Lamp with figure of a greyhound

Imperial Period
1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 487; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).


Length 17.2 cm (6 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

The lamp is circular, with a ringed medallion and boss on the bottom, volute and rosette details at the spout. Around the circle of the top, a grayhound is curled up asleep, with a puppy snuggled up against her. End of one rosetted volute and edge of spout broken off. Dark, olive green patina with small areas of light green corrosion.


1960, sold by J. J. Klejman (dealer; b. 1906 - d. 1995), New York, to the MFA for $375 [see note]. (Accession Date: December 1, 1960)

NOTE: Said to come from Alexandria.

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund