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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA5195

  • Description

    Pottery lamp of the Frog Type, with carinated body. Top decorated with two foetuses. Nozzle-top with small raised circle. Undefined base; impressed 'alpha'. Brown clay, buff surface. Plaster mould.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 3rdC-4thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 8.05 centimetres
    • Width: 7.29 centimetres
    • Height: 3.14 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        monogram
      • Inscription Position

        base
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Content

        A
      • Inscription Comment

        Impressed.
  • Curator's comments

    Close: Kaufmann, C., 1913. ‘Ägyptische terrakotten der griechisch-römischen und koptischen epoche vorzugsweise aus der oase El Faijûm (Frankfurter sammlung)’. Cairo : F. Diemer, Finck & Baylaender succ., p. 97, fig. 67; Hölscher, V., 1954. ‘The excavation of Medinet Habu V: Post-Ramessid Remains’. Chicago : University of Chicago Oriental Institute publications, pl. 40, 12, from Medinet Habu; Ranke, H., 1926. ‘Koptische Friedhöfe bei Karâra und der Amontempel Scheschonks I bei el Hibe : Bericht über die badischen Grabungen in Ägypten in den Wintern 1913 und 1914’. Berlin ; Leipzig : W. de Gruyter, pl. 15, 3; Bruyère, B., 1966. ‘Fouilles de Clysma-Qolzoum (Suez) 1930-1932’. Cairo : L'Institut français d'archéologie orientale, pl. xxxv; Menzel, H., 1969. ‘Antike Lampen im Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseum zu Mainz’. Mainz : Von Zabern, 749, said to be from Stična in Yugoslavia; Brants, J., 1913. ‘Antieke terra-cotta lampen uit het Rijksmuseum van oudheden te Leiden’. Leiden : Rijksmuseum, 1088; Petrie, W.M.F., 1905. ‘Roman Ehnasya (Herakleopolis Magna) 1904’. London : Egypt Exploration Fund, pl. lxvi, A 90, and A 92 = Royal Ontario Museum, Inv. No. 916.1.229; 'Materialy Archeologiczne' vii, 1966, p. 265, 58; Shier, L.A., 1978. ‘Terracotta Lamps from Karanis, Egypt’. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 120-24, from Karanis (context-dates range from late first to mid-third century AD) ; Michelucci, M., 1975. ‘La Collezione Di Lucerne Del Museo Egizio Di Firenze’. Florence : Leo S Olschki Editore, 282; Küppers, L., 1962. ‘Frühchristliche Kunst aus Rom’. Essen-Bredeney : Gemeinnütziger Verein Villa Hügel, p. 91, 140; Wulff, O., 1909. ‘Altchristliche und mittelalterliche byzantinische und italienische Bildwerke’ I. Berlin : Reimer, 1324, from Cairo; Petrie, W.M.F., 1910. ‘Meydum and Memphis (III)’. London : School of archaeology in Egypt, pl. xl, 5 from House B at Memphis; 'Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Forschungen und Berichte' xiv, 1972, pi. 12, 32; ‘Jahrbuch für Antike und Christentum’ xi-xii, 1968—9, pl. 12d— e; Rosenthal, R., & Sivan, R., 1978. ‘Ancient lamps in the Schleossinger Collection’. Jerusalem : Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 258; ‘Bulletin Archéologique du Comité des Travaux Historiques et Scientifiques’ 1904, pl. xv, said to be from Saint-Marcel, near Marseilles; Alexandria Museum, Inv. No. 26681, from the Farouk Collection.

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  • Bibliography

    • Lamp 2183 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    good

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1821

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA5195

  • Registration number

    .5195

  • Additional IDs

    • BS.5195 (Birch Slip Number)

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