Grotesque face lamp

Hellenistic (Ptolemaic) Period
2nd–mid 4th century


Height x width x length: 3.4 x 4 x 7.7 cm (1 5/16 x 1 9/16 x 3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Terracotta, mold-made

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


Lighting devices

Red clay; oval; elongated grotesque face with large open mouth; no handle; oval base with pointed end. One of twenty-five lamps of various designs.

“Face” shaped lamps are thought to date to the Roman period and may have been produced in Alexandrian workshops.

See F.W. Robins, Graeco-Roman Lamps from Egypt,” The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 25.1 (1939): 48-51.


Bequest of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt. 1962: Accepted by the MFA; 1969: Arrived at the MFA.

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt