Greek, Ptolemaic or Roman, Egyptian
Hellenistic or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.


Height: 2.2 cm.; width: 4.7 cm.; length: 7 cm. (7/8 x 1 7/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

A lamp with a near-circular body and a long narrow nozzle. The shoulder is decorated with a series of convex panels divided by radiating raised lines grooved on each side, giving a cushioned or melon-shaped effect. At the junction of the nozzle with the shoulder are volutes and series of beads. The disc is decorated with a rosette. No handle.

Condition: Discolored by fire around wick-hole.


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