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The lamp is made of reddish-brown clay. The disk has five holes and an incised floral design at center. The handle has an incised chevron decoration and the spout of the lamp is at right angle from handle. Blackening near the nozzle of the lamp indicates that it was used.


From Naukratis. 1885: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; October 28, 1885: voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting; sent over February 1886. (Accession date: 1886).

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Byzantine (Coptic) Period,


Naukratis, Egypt


Height x width x length: 4.5 x 10.5 x 12 cm (1 3/4 x 4 1/8 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Terracotta, mold-made


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Lighting Devices