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Lamp with frog motif

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An ovoid lamp, with deep, rounded sides, a nozzle fully merged with the body (type also known as " frog" lamp) and a handle near the center. The upper surface of the lamp is decorated with a frog in incised lines.


By date unknown: with General Luigi Palma di Cesnola (from Cyprus); May 16, 1872: purchased by MFA from General Luigi Palma di Cesnola for $ 1,704.39 (this figure is the total price for MFA 72.1-72.473 and 72.4871-72.4900)

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Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription

Roman or Byzantine, Cyprus, Imperial or Early Byzantine Period, 3rd–4th century A.D.


Length: 9.2 cm (3 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Lighting Devices