Lamp with handle in the form of a horse

Roman
Roman Imperial Period
mid-1st century A.D.


Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, Begrawiya, Pyramid N 18, chamber A

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 489; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x width x length: 20.9 x 9.2 x 26 cm (8 1/4 x 3 5/8 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

24.967

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Lighting devices

This figural lamp shows the front half of a galloping horse at the top of the handle, whose form reproduces plant motifs. Both handle and feet were cast separately and soldered on. The burial of Queen Amanikhatashan was equipped with a collection of imported Roman objects, possibly gifts from a delegation sent about 60 A.D. by Emperor Nero to discover the source of the Nile. (A Roman expedition to Nubia is documented from his reign.)

Alternate text:

This lamp was discovered with several objects of Roman manufacture. They were possibly gifts to the queen of Meroe from the expedition of the emperor Nero sent about 60 A.D. to discover the source of the Nile.

Provenance

From Tomb of Amanikhatashan (about AD 60-62), Meroe (Beg. North), Pyramid Beg. N 18, Chamber A. 1921: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan; 1924: received by the MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition