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Lamp with head of an African

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A plastic lamp in the form of a head of an African. Projecting nozzle with splayed tip. No handle.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Roman, Egypt, Imperial Period, 3rd century A.D.


Height: 3.1 cm.; width: 4.4 cm.; length: 7.6 cm. (1 1/4 x 1 3/4 x 3 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Lighting Devices