Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Lamp

Date:
6th–7th century
Geography:
Found/excavated Egypt, el-Bahnasa (Oxyrhynchus)
Medium:
Earthenware; molded
Dimensions:
H. 1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm) W. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm) D. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm) Wt. 2.16 oz. (61.4 g)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Egypt Exploration Fund, 1897
Accession Number:
97.4.106
Not on view
Inexpensive clay lamps, made from molds, provided light for most people. Religious images used as decoration, were thought to offer protection for their owner
Egypt Exploration Fund, London (until 1897; gifted to MMA)
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