Byzantine, Egypt
Early Byzantine Period
6th–7th century A.D.


Height: 2.8 cm.; width: 6 cm.; length: 9.8 cm. (1 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 3 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World


Lighting devices

“Aswan” relief type. A lamp with an ovoid body merging with long deep nozzle. Lenticular base ring, shallow sloping wall, sloping shoulder, flat enlongated disc and chanel on the nozzle, surrounded by a ridge; rim round the wick-hole. Upright handle missing. The disc is decorated with a rosette; the shoulder with a Greek inscription (=Lord God, Son of God) alternating with crosses; the nozzle-channel with a cross.


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