Lamp with the head of a Byzantine empress

Byzantine
Early Byzantine Period
5th–early 6th century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 113.

Dimensions

Height x length: 7 x 22.4 cm (2 3/4 x 8 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1984.222

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Lighting devices

Rare example of Byzantine lamp in the shaper of the bust of a Byzantine empress wearing pendelia hanging with crosses
Type: long spout; filler hole in form of a flower which also functions as a handle. Rich dark patina; intact.

Provenance

1984, sold by Mohammad Yeganeh (dealer; b. 1929 - d. 2012), Frankfurt, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund