Lamp (fragment)

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

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


Length: 9.2 cm (3 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

The lamp may belong to the Ephesian type of lamp: 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 long and waisted, with a pointed end; it is flat-topped and have a wide, flat, diamond-shaped area surrounding the wick-hole.
The fragment is from the body of the lamp. The shoulder is decorated with honeysuckle leaves, with three dots between.

Condition: Black clay, much broken and incrusted (broken in two pieces).

From Assos.


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