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lamp

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA54384

  • Description

    Brass lamp: elongated, with a deep and rounded body, and a round-topped nozzle, decorated with a spur on top, and flaring to a rounded tip. Circular wick-hole. Ring-handle at the rear with a rod rising from it to support a handle-ornament in the form of a cross. The cross has knobbed arms (one knob lost) and is surmounted by a dove. Raised rim round the filling-hole, with hinge-pieces at the rear, holding, with an iron pin, a scallop-shell-shaped lamp-lid. Tall cylindrical base with a moulded foot. Within the base is an inserted plate, with a circular hole (repeated in the bottom of the oil-chamber) for the lost sleeve of a pricket-socket. The hole has traces of solder at its edges. Surface colouration: dark brown over bare metal.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 15.3 centimetres
    • Width: 5.2 centimetres
    • Height: 13.8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Analysis: copper: 76.5; lead: 13.5; tin: 6.5a; zinc: 3.23.
    Close: Bénazeth, D., 1992. ‘L'art du métal au début de l'ère chrétienne’. Paris : Eds. de la Réunion des musées nationaux, p. 123, E 20502; Rendiconti 57, 1984-5, p. 230, fig. 22, from Leptis Magna. Near: Selesnow, W., 1988. ‘Liebieghaus-Museum, Frankfurt, Lampen aus Ton und Bronze’. Melsungen : Gutenberg, 442, from Egypt; Eton College, Myers Collection, No. 1164, from Egypt; Wulff, O., 1909. ‘Altchristliche und mittelalterliche byzantinische und italienische Bildwerke’ I. Berlin : Reimer, No. 790, from Cairo, and No. 802, from Egypt; Strzygowski, J., 1904. ‘Catalogue général des antiquités égyptiennes du Musée du Caire’. Vienna : A. Holzhausen, 9137, in Cairo.

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  • Bibliography

    • Lamp 3822 bibliographic details
    • Xanthopoulou 2010 LA 3.082 bibliographic details
    • Budge 1922 p.329,2 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    fair

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1919

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA54384

  • Registration number

    1919,0208.43

Brass lamp; ring-handle at rear with ornament in form of cross surmounted by dove; tall cylindrical base with moulded foot.

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Brass lamp; ring-handle at rear with ornament in form of cross surmounted by dove; tall cylindrical base with moulded foot.

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