'Lamp house' in the form of a small shrine - ROM2018_16917_64


'Lamp house' in the form of a small shrine

Medium:Earthenware, top and sides mould-made with hand modelled base
Geography: Made in Egypt, Nile Valley region; found in al-Fayyūm, Egypt
Date: 1st century BC to 1st century AD
Period: Hellenistic or Roman Imperial period
7.6 × 4.9 × 4.2 cm
Object number: 910.166.79
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Walter Massey
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece

This 'lamp house' is a pottery box (essentially a lantern) to hold a small oil lamp. The lamp nozzle would protrude from the open doorway at the front. The sides of the box imitate a  tiny temple with low-relief columns and an architectural frieze at the top. The sides and and pyramid-shaped top were probably made in a two-part mould and there is a top lug with hole for suspension. Made of brown to grayish-brown Nile Valley clay.

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