Lamp with bust of a man

North African
Early Byzantine Period
4th–5th century A.D.


Dimensions

8.5 x 13.9 cm (3 3/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

RES.57.14

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World

Classifications

Lighting devices

A lamp that bears on the disc a half-length bearded man in a toga (a magistrate, but more likely an image of St Peter), within border of chevrons; on the bottom two concentric rings. The base is decorated with a cross in relief.
Condition: The nozzle is blackened.

Provenance

By date unknown: Thomas Whittemore Collection; bequest of Thomas Whittemore to MFA, April 11, 1957

Credit Line

Bequest of Thomas Whittemore