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Lamp

Date:
5th–6th century
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Earthenware; molded
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.94.20
Not on view
Small earthenware lamps, made from double molds, were the most commonly used source of light during the Coptic period. A wick produced from plant fiber or linen fabric was placed in a reservoir filled with oil, generally castor or sesame oil, and illuminated. This light brown earthenware lamp depicts a draped figure on a pedestal, surrounded by a border decorated with chevrons, concentric semi-circles, and palmettes.
Count Grigory Sergeievich Stroganoff, Palazzo Stroganoff, Rome (until d. 1910); his daughter, Princess Maria Grigorievna Scerbatov, Palazzo Stroganoff, Rome (from 1910); Elia Volpi, Florence (until 1927; his sale, American Art Association, NewYork, March 31–April 1, 1927, to MMA)
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