Lamp in the form of an elephant's head
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 490.
Length: 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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
Classical Department Purchase Fund