Lamp with peacock

Roman, Cyprus
Imperial Period
Late 1st–early 2nd century A.D.


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

A lamp with a body slightly enlongated; merging with a flat-topped round-ended nozzle; small pierced handle at rear; low sloping sides; narrow fattish rim; slight ridge and groove; and markedly concave disc, decorated with a peacock to right, perched on a branch with two pomegranates at the right end.


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