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Lamp with bust of a man

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A lamp that bears on the disc a half-length bearded man in a toga (a magistrate, but more likely an image of St Peter), within border of chevrons; on the bottom two concentric rings. The base is decorated with a cross in relief. Condition: The nozzle is blackened.


By date unknown: Thomas Whittemore Collection; bequest of Thomas Whittemore to MFA, April 11, 1957

Credit Line

Bequest of Thomas Whittemore

North African, Early Byzantine Period, 4th–5th century A.D.


8.5 x 13.9 cm (3 3/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Lighting Devices