Lamp with Arabic writing

Coptic; Islamic
Late Coptic to early Islamic period
7th–8th century


Height x width x length: 3.5 x 7.2 x 9.6 cm (1 3/8 x 2 13/16 x 3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Terracotta, mold-made

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


Lighting devices

Aswan relief ware; gray clay; oval; floral relief on top. Arabic writing on center top that translates Baraka “blessing”; raised oval base with pointed end; handle broken. One of twenty-five lamps of various designs.

Lamps with Arabic inscriptions like RES.62.66 are sometimes found at Christian cult sites (esp. saints’ tombs) by the 7th and 8th-century, suggesting that these sacred sites remained in use.


Bequest of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt. 1962: Accepted by the MFA; 1969: Arrived at the MFA.

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt