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A lamp with an almost circular body, no handle, splayed nozzle, flanked by volutes(?). Ornament nearly obliterated (most likely decorated with palm-leaves and the rear legs of a frog). Related type to the "frog-type" lamps.


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, 3rd–4th century A.D.


Height: 2.5 cm.; width: 5.4 cm.; length: 7.3 cm. (1 x 2 1/8 x 2 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Lighting Devices