Lamp with Actaeon

Roman, Cyprus
Imperial Period
1st century A.D.


Length: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

A lamp with circular body; no handle; an anchor-shaped nozzle, decorated with volutes; flat shoulder with three grooves; and concave disc, decorated with the indistinct figures of a man (Actaeon?) horned, with right foot advanced, defending himself with a club against a hound which is springing on to his right leg. He has a spear in his left hand and a chlamys wrapped around left arm.


By date unknown: with General Luigi Palma di Cesnola (from Cyprus); May 16, 1872: purchased by MFA from General Luigi Palma di Cesnola for
$ 1,704.39 (this figure is the total price for MFA 72.1-72.473 and 72.4871-72.4900)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription