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A wheel-made red-brown lamp with flattened globular body, two concentric grooves round the filling-hole, no ornament, no handle, and a large, straight-sided nozzle with a flat top and rounded end. Condition: Encrusted; discoloured by fire around wick-hole.


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

Greek, Ptolemaic, Early Hellenistic Period, late 4th century B.C.


Height: 3.1 cm.; width: 5 cm.; length: 7.9 cm. (1 1/4 x 1 15/16 x 3 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Lighting Devices