Lamp with Erotes

Hellenistic Period
3rd–2nd century B.C.


Length: 10 cm (3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

A mould-made lamp of double-convex sectionm elliptical in plan, with a pared carination, and a long nozzle with a rounded end and a flat top. Large filling-hole. A hollow lug on each side of the body. On the top of the nozzle and on each side, at the junction between the nozzle and the shoulder, are impressed chevrons. On the wide shoulder is a pair of winged Erotes supporting a mask of Silenos. Their bodies are separated by the filling-holes which is surrounded by a ring.
From Cyprus: Cesnola.


By date unknown: Collection of the Misses Norton (according to MFA archival card: from Cyprus: Cesnola); gift of the Misses Norton to MFA, August 15, 1912

Credit Line

Gift of the Misses Norton