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Lamp with Minerva or Roma

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Circular body with long narrow round-ended nozzle and small applied handle. On the disc, within a wreath, Minerva or Roma seated, is approached by a Cupid with wreath. The underside of the handle is decorated with a bearded head.


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, Imperial Period, 1st century A.D.


Height: 4.1 cm.; width: 9.2 cm.; length: 14 cm. (1 5/8 x 3 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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