Lamp with frog legs

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


Height: 3.1 cm.; width: 6.3 cm.; length: 7.9 cm. (1 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 3 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


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The Ancient World


Lighting devices

A lamp with an almost circular body, no handle, splayed nozzle, flanked by volutes and group chevrons on the top. It is decorated with palm-leaves and the rear legs of an animal (most likely a frog). Related type to the “frog-type” lamps.


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