Lamp

Date:
2nd century
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt
Medium:
Earthenware; molded and painted
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.94.6
Not on view
Small earthenware lamps, made from double molds, provided light for Egyptians during the Roman period. 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 lamp, which was once painted grey, depicts a peacock in his pride.
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)