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.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
Bequest of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt