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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    OA.4341

  • Description

    Egyptian ceramic lamp. 'Frog type' with carinated body. Made in plaster mould, with two fetuses on the top, a small raised circle nozzle-top and undefined base with impressed 'alpha' below. The nozzle shows traces of burning through use. Pale brown (marl?) clay fabric with light buff surface, fine mica, quartz, white and dark grey inclusions.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 3rdC-4thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 7.7 centimetres
    • Width: 7.1 centimetres
    • Height: 3.4 millimetres
    • Diameter: 0.75 centimetres (filling hole)
    • Diameter: 0.65 centimetres (nozzle)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

        base
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Transliteration

        alpha
      • Inscription Comment

        Impressed.
  • Curator's comments

    Part of 3rd to 4th century AD Egyptian ‘frog lamp’ group with moulded decoration of two foetuses all in a buff clay (Bailey 1988, 264, Q2183-2185, from and with parallels from: Mustagidda, Medinet Habu, Clysma (Suez), Karanis, Cairo, Memphis and Alexandria). An example from Memphis is also published (Petrie et al. 1910, pl.40.5). See AES BM/Big no. 5195 from Egypt and 1930,0711.376 from Mustagidda both in the British Museum. Found in Roman context in the Fayum (Kaufmann 1915, no.221). 3rd to 4th century AD parallel, probably same mould series, from Tell Atrib (Młynarczyk 2012, type TA III.3, no.90/149).

    Kaufmann, C. M. 1915, Greco-ägyptische Koroplastik. Terrakotten der griechisch-römischen und koptischen Epoche aus der Faijûm-Oase und andren Fundstätten, Cairo.
    Młynarczyk, J. 2012. Tell Atrib 1985-1995. Vol. 3: Terracotta oil lamps. Varsovie : Éditions Neriton.
    Petrie, W.M.Fl. MacKay, E. and Wainwright, G. 1910, Meydum and Memphis III, London.

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  • Bibliography

    • Villing et al 2013-2015 (Phase 3) bibliographic details
    • Lamp Q2185 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    Good, spout is blackened by soot.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1888

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1885-1886 season.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    OA.4341

  • Additional IDs

    • 1888,0601.146 (GR reg.no)
Egyptian ceramic lamp. 'Frog type' with carinated body. Made in plaster mould, with two fetuses on the top, a  small raised circle nozzle-top and undefined base with impressed 'alpha' below. Pale brown (marl?) clay fabric with light buff surface, fine mica, quartz, white and dark grey inclusions.

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Egyptian ceramic lamp. 'Frog type' with carinated body. Made in plaster mould, with two fetuses on the top, a small raised circle nozzle-top and undefined base with impressed 'alpha' below. Pale brown (marl?) clay fabric with light buff surface, fine mica, quartz, white and dark grey inclusions.

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