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Lamp in the form of a dove or partridge

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The lamp was suspended by a chain attached to the ring in the strip of bronze rising out of the bird's back. The lid on top of the bird's head was attached to the swivel-pin which remains between the little knobs at the back of the head. Lid on bird's head and separately cast plug for circular...

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Provenance

By 1964: with a dealer in Athens (said to be from Athens); purchased by MFA, December 9, 1964

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund

Byzantine, Late Antique Period, probably about A.D. 500

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 498; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x length: 11 x 13.5 cm (4 5/16 x 5 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

64.2171

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Lighting Devices