Lamp in the form of an elephant's head

Roman Provincial
Roman Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 490.


Length: 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

The lamp takes the form of an Indian elephant’s head, the trunk serving as nozzle. The filling hole is on the top of the head, and there is a ring handle at the back. The base is small and circular. the top of the handle is pierced, perhaps to attach missing lid. Olive green patina, with earthy encrustation.

Probably from Syria.


By date unknown: with Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., December 10, 1959, for $ 320.00

Credit Line

Classical Department Purchase Fund