'Lamp house' in the form of a small shrine - ROM2018_16917_226


'Lamp house' in the form of a small shrine

Medium:Mould-made and hand-modelled earthenware
Geography: Made in Egypt, Nile Valley region; found in al-Fayyūm, Egypt
Date: probably late 1st century AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
8.5 × 7.4 × 7.0 cm
Object number: 910.166.42
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Walter Massey
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece
DescriptionThis 'lamp house' is a pottery box to hold a small oil lamp (essentially a lantern). The lamp nozzle would protrude from the open doorway at the front and the sides are open with diagonal struts. The sides and pyramid-shaped top were probably made in a two-part mould and there was once a top lug with hole for suspension, which is now broken off. Made of brown to grayish-brown Nile Valley clay.
Roman WorldEgypt
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