Lamp with an erotic group of Pan and a Succubus

Imperial Period
2nd–3rd century A.D.


Height (to top of handle):5.6 cm.; Length (handle to spout):14 cm.; Diameter: 11.2 cm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

A lamp with almost circular body and short nozzle. Around the flat rim, a band with double row of leaves between plain borders, segmented by incised, pierced lug handle, and two rectangular cross pieces. On the disc: on rocky ground, winged female sits astride recumbent Pan under arched bare branches of a tree.
Signed by Kallistos on the bottom.
Buff clay, no slip.

Condition: Some chipping around encrustation. Marks of burning on the nozzle.


By date unknown: Ariel Hamill Herrmann Collection; gift of Ariel Hamill Herrmann to MFA, December 31, 1991

Credit Line

Gift of Ariel Hamill Herrmann