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


Height: 2.2 cm.; width: 5.4 cm.; length: 7.6 cm (7/8 x 2 1/8 x 3 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

A mould-made lamp with double-convex body, with raised, circular base, flat-topped nozzle with a splayed end and a curved tip, small, plain, sunken disc, witha raised edge set off by a groove. The shoudler 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 linked volutes (?), with well-defined spines (effect of an Ionic capital).

Condition: Slight burning at the edge of the nozzle.


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