Lamp (fragment)

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

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


Length: 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

Mould-made lamp with a double-convex body. The handle is missing. The body and the nozzle are very sharply carinated. The filling-hole is flat, with raised rim round the filling-hole itself. 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 a wreath of heart-shaped leaves in relief; two bunches of grapes and a torch (possibly).

Condition: Black coating, much worn; handle and 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