Head of African lamp

Hellenistic (Ptolemaic) Period to Byzantine (Cop
2nd–4th century


Height x width x length: 4.5 x 6.3 x 10.4 cm (1 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Terracotta, mold-made

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


Lighting devices

Gray clay; oval; head of African in relief; no handle; pot mark on base: palm frond and two lines. 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