Hanging lamp

Meroitic Period, reign of Takideamani
A.D. 140–155

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. North), Pyramid 29


Height x width x depth: 62 x 12.5 x 39.7 cm (24 7/16 x 4 15/16 x 15 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

Bronze lamp with hook for suspension, there is an acanthus leaf at the back to serve as a flame guard. A griffin’s head is on the hanging shaft. The form suggests that it is an import from Egypt or the Mediterranean. A Meroitic inscription on the back was added after the lamp reached Nubia. The original rusted iron hanging rod has been replaced.

[Alternate Text:]
With acanthus leaf flame guard and with suspension hook in form of griffin head. Meroitic reign emblem in front of filling hole, Meroitic inscription on back of flame guard.


From Meroe (Beg. North), Pyramid Beg. N 29. 1921: excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan; 1924: recieved by the MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition