Lamp (fragment)

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
2nd–1st century B.C.

Findspot: Anatolia (Turkey), Troad, Assos (Behramkale)


Length: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

Mould-made lamp with a double-convex body and an upright pierced handle. The body and the nozzle are very sharply carinated. The filling-hole is flat, with raised rim round the filling-hole itself. A substantial collar is applied at the edge of the flat top. The nozzle is missing (if the lamp follows precisely the Ephesian type, the nozzle should be long and waisted, with a pointed end; it should be flat-topped and have a wide, flat, diamond-shaped area surrounding the wick-hole). The shoulder is decorated with triangular leaves in relief.

Condition: gray clay; nozzle broken; incrusted.


From Assos (Behramkale, Turkey). 188?: excavated by the Archaeological Institute of America; gift of the Archaeological Institute of America to MFA, January 15, 1884.

Credit Line

Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America