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Lamp with dolphin

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A lamp with a pierced handle, narrow sloping shoulder, concave disc with single groove at edge. Large round-ended nozzle, flat-topped with short double volutes at junction with rim. The disc is decorated with a dolphin entwined around a staff (a trident?). From Cyprus: Cesnola.


By date unknown: Collection of the Misses Norton (according to MFA archival card: from Cyprus: Cesnola); gift of the Misses Norton to MFA, August 15, 1912

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Gift of the Misses Norton

Roman, Cyprus, Imperial Period, Late 1st century A.D.


Length: 10.3 cm (4 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Lighting Devices