Lamp

Roman Imperial
Roman Imperial
2nd century AD


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 492.

Dimensions

Height: 9.3 cm (3 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

03.984

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Lighting devices

Six spouts and a large, circular opening, with rolled-fillet rim. There are three chains for suspension, attached by hooks which pierce the concave outer edges of the top. Inscribed: (add Greek) Translation: “To the holy God have Aurelius Sellius Oleios Quadratus Magnus and his sons dedicated this lamp with its chain.” Probably served in a sacred context–temple lighting?

The foot, cast separately, is missing and has left a circular hole in the bottom. Even green, medium-dark, patina.

Provenance

By 1903: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: bought in Paris; said to be from Syria); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, March 24, 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900