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Lamp

Date:
5th–6th century
Geography:
Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Earthenware; molded
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.94.22
  • Description

    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. This red earthenware lamp displays the image of a cock, enclosed by a border of leaves, vases, rosettes, quatrefoils, and cross-hatched squares.

  • Provenance

    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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