Lamp (fragment)

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

Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis, Temple of Aphrodite


Height: 4.7 cm (1 7/8 in.); diameter: 13.2 cm. (5 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

A little more than one half of a circular lamp: The under side nearly flat, with hole in the center which runs up through a conical projection which rises just above the level of the upper rim. Large wick projection on one side, painted black. Light yellow brown clay of rather fine texture, narrow black stripes and inside all black.


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