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Object Name:
4th–5th century
Said to be from Egypt, Fayum entrance area, Meidum (Maidum)
Earthenware; molded
Ht. 1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm) W. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) D. 2 3/16 in. (5.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. G. W. Neville and Miss Cardwell, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Inexpensive clay lamps, made from molds, provided light for most people. Religious images used as decoration, were thought to offer protection for their owner
Received with a group of material described as excavated at Meidum by John Cardwell 1886–89 under a permit granted by Tawfik Pasha, and received in partage. Donated to the museum by his daughters in 1906. said to be from Maidum, Egypt

John Cardwell ; his daughters, Mrs. G. W. Neville, Colonia, NJ, and Miss Cardwell (until 1906; gifted to MMA)
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