Lamp in form of bull's head

Greek, Ptolemaic or Roman, Egyptian
Hellenistic or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis


Length: 6.1 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

A mould-made plastic lamp in the form of a bull’s head. The filling-hole, with a moulded edge, is in the centre of the forehead. Behind the filling-hole, between the horns, there was a handle(?). The open mouth serves as the nozzle.


From Naukratis. 1885: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; October 28, 1885: voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting; sent over February 1886. (Accession date: 1886).

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription