Lamp

Date:
4th century
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt
Medium:
Earthenware; molded
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.94.2
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 disc of this red earthenware lamp is decorated with a dolphin encircled by a border of palm leaves.
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)