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Lamp

Date:
4th century?
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt
Medium:
Earthenware; molded
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.94.29
Not on view
Small earthenware lamps, made from double molds, were the most commonly used source of light in daily Coptic life. A wick produced from plant fiber or linen fabric was placed in a reservoir filled with oil, generally castor or sesame oil, and illuminated. The flat top of this red earthenware lamp is decorated with circles enclosing pellets near the handle and palm branches near the spout.
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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