Lamp with two boys

Roman, Egypt
Imperial Period
Early 2nd–mid-3rd century A.D.


Height: 3.1 cm.; width: 7.3 cm.; length: 7.9 cm. (1 1/4 x 2 7/8 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

A lamp with triangular reservoir which has a double-convex profile; the nozzle, short and tapered, is not entirely merged with the body of the lamp; upper surface decorated with two fetus-like figures facing each other, in relief (boys?). Mark on the bottom.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way