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Bronze lamp with hook for suspension, there is an acanthus leaf at the back to serve as a flame guard. A griffin's head is on the hanging shaft. The form suggests that it is an import from Egypt or the Mediterranean. A Meroitic inscription on the back was added after the lamp reached Nubia. The...

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From Meroe (Beg. North), Pyramid Beg. N 29. 1921: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan; 1924: recieved by the MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, reign of Takideamani, A.D. 140–155


Meroe (Beg. North), Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width x depth: 62 x 12.5 x 39.7 cm (24 7/16 x 4 15/16 x 15 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Lighting Devices