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A lamp with flat ovoid base, biconical profile, flat disc with a rim around, continued along nozzle to form a narrow tapering channel; slight rim around wick-hole. Looped handle, slightly flattened in section. The disc is decorated with four small ivy leaves alternating with four diagonal bars,...

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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

Byzantine, Egypt, Early Byzantine Period, 6th–7th century A.D.


Height: 4.1 cm.; width: 5.4 cm.; length: 9.2 cm. (1 5/8 x 2 1/8 x 3 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Lighting Devices