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Lamp (fragment) with an ithyphallic man playing a lyre

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A mould-made lamp with voluted nozzle with a rounded tip. The flat shoulder is separated from the disc by an inward-sloping, moulded rim. On the disc, seated on rocky ground or a pile of drapery, a grotesque, ithyphallic man, or monkey, plays a lyre.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA, January 2, 1913

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Gift of Edward Perry Warren

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 40–75


Length: 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Lighting Devices