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Lamp with woman's head

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Deep rounded body with flat ovoid offset base; tubular nozzle rising at a shallow angle. The nozzle has a raised rim wound the wich-hole. Top modelled in form of a female head wearing an elaborate headdress. A large filling-hole pierces the top of the 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

Greek, Ptolemaic or Roman, Egyptian, Hellenistic or Early Imperial Period, 1st century B.C.


Height: 3.8 cm.; width: 5 cm.; length: 8.9 cm. (1 1/2 x 1 15/16 x 3 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Lighting Devices