Lamp (fragment)

Archaic or Classical Period
6th–5th century B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis, Temple of Aphrodite


Height: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.); length 10.2 cm. (4 in.).

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

Circular outline, the bottom has a conical surface, with central hole in the middle. Upper side hollow, with flat rim wick hole a slight projection and blackened. The handle was in the middle, but the socket has been broken off. Smooth texture, light brown unglazed clay. Slight ornamentation of faint lines. Has been broken entirely through and mended. A nick in the rim.


From Naukratis, Temple of Aphrodite. 1886-7: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; December 22, 1887, presented to the MFA by the EEF. (Accession date: 1888).

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription