Lamp with branches

Roman, Egypt
Imperial Period
3rd–early 4th century A.D.


Height: 3.8 cm.; width: 5.4 cm.; length: 7.9 cm. (1 1/2 x 2 1/8 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

A lamp with triangular reservoir which has a double-convex profile; the nozzle, short and tapered, is not entirely merged with the body of the lamp, edges with looped ends, transverse grooves between them; upper surface decorated with branches extending from a circular feature at rear in relief. Mark on the bottom.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way