Lamp with frog motif

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


Height: 3.5 cm.; width: 6.7 cm.; length: 7.9 cm (1 3/8 x 2 5/8 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

An ovoid lamp, with deep, rounded sides, and a nozzle fully merged with the body (type also known as ” frog” lamp). The upper surface of the lamp is decorated with a frog modelled in low relief.


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