Lamp with woman's head

Greek, Ptolemaic or Roman, Egyptian
Hellenistic or Early Imperial Period
1st century B.C.


Height: 3.8 cm.; width: 5 cm.; length: 8.9 cm. (1 1/2 x 1 15/16 x 3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

Deep rounded body with flat ovoid offset base; tubular nozzle rising at a shallow angle. The nozzle has a raised rim wound the wich-hole. Top modelled in form of a female head wearing an elaborate headdress. A large filling-hole pierces the top of the head.


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