Lamp with Hercules

Greek, Ptolemaic
Hellenistic Period
2nd–1st century B.C.


Height: 4.7 cm.; width: 12 cm.; length: 8.9 cm. (1 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

Rectangular multinozzler. Rectangular upright handle at rear. Two filling-holes and seven wick-holes along the front edge. Tablet on the bottom. Ornamentation in relief: Hercules reclining among seasonal erotes.


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