Byzantine, Egypt
Early Byzantine Period
5th–6th century A.D.


Height: 4.7 cm.; width: 6.3 cm.; length: 11.4 cm. (1 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World


Lighting devices

A lamp with a deep ovoid body merging with a large cylindrical nozzle with raised end forming a circular panel round the wick-hole. High biconical sides, lenticular base with small base ring, small flat disc within a near-circular ring. The shoulder is decorated with a molded design in rings and combinations of rings; on the disc indistinct figure of an animal (?). Off-center filling-hole.

Condition: Missing handle.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way