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A lamp with an almost circular body and upright perforated handle. It is decorated with three concentric rings of beads around the central filling-hole. Condition: Blackened on the nozzle.


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.

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Roman, Egypt, Imperial Period, Late 3rd–4th century A.D.


Height: 2.8 cm.; width: 5.4 cm.; length: 8.2 cm. (1 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 3 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Lighting Devices