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Lamp with the Head of a Nubian

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Red clay with black surface; in the shape of a head of a Nubian; spout broken, flat-footed base. One of twenty-five lamps of various designs. "Face" shaped lamps are thought to date to the Roman period and may have been produced in Alexandrian workshops. See F.W. Robins, Graeco-Roman Lamps from...

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Bequest of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt. 1962: Accepted by the MFA; 1969: Arrived at the MFA.

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Bequest of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt

Egyptian, Hellenistic (Ptolemaic) Period, 2nd–4th century


Height x width x length: 3.9 x 4.3 x 8.9 cm (1 9/16 x 1 11/16 x 3 1/2 in.)

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Terracotta, mold-made


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Lighting Devices