Lamp with frog motif

Roman or Byzantine, Cyprus
Imperial or Early Byzantine Period
3rd–4th century A.D.


Length: 9.2 cm (3 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

An ovoid lamp, with deep, rounded sides, a nozzle fully merged with the body (type also known as ” frog” lamp) and a handle near the center. The upper surface of the lamp is decorated with a frog in incised lines.


By date unknown: with General Luigi Palma di Cesnola (from Cyprus); May 16, 1872: purchased by MFA from General Luigi Palma di Cesnola for
$ 1,704.39 (this figure is the total price for MFA 72.1-72.473 and 72.4871-72.4900)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription