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Head of African lamp

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Gray clay; oval; head of African in relief; no handle; pot mark on base: palm frond and two lines. One of twenty-five lamps of various designs. "Face" shaped lamps are thought to date to the Roman period and may have been produced in Alexandrian workshops. See F.W. Robins, Graeco-Roman Lamps from...

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Bequest of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt. 1962: Accepted by the MFA; 1969: Arrived at the MFA.

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Bequest of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt

Egyptian, Hellenistic (Ptolemaic) Period to Byzantine (Cop, 2nd–4th century


Height x width x length: 4.5 x 6.3 x 10.4 cm (1 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 4 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Terracotta, mold-made


The Ancient World


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