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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1920.44.37
Title
Lamp
Classification
Lighting Devices
Work Type
lighting device
Date
175-225
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Africa, Tunis
Period
Roman Imperial period
Culture
Roman
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/292493
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Technique
Mold-made
Dimensions
4.9 x 10.3 x 8.6 cm (1 15/16 x 4 1/16 x 3 3/8 in.)
Provenance
Miss Elizabeth Gaskell Norton, Boston, MA and Miss Margaret Norton, Cambridge, MA (by 1920), gift; to the Fogg Museum, 1920.

Note: The Misses Norton were daughters of Charles Elliot Norton (1827-1908).
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of the Misses Norton
Accession Year
1920
Object Number
1920.44.37
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Mold made lamp. Flat, slightly raised base bounded by an incised groove. Inscription on base reads LVCCEI with a horseshoe (open end facing the inscription) below. Walls flare outward from base to form a broad, shallow reservoir. Rim slopes moderately upward and is decorated with incised rays. Two raised, flat rings, the exterior thicker than the interior, separate the concave discus from the rim. Inside of these rings is a narrow register with rays, and a narrow ridge. At the center of the discus is a raised rosette, pierced somewhat off-center. Below and to the left of the rosette is another hole of the same size. Narrow, rounded nozzle, squared and decorated with an incised zigzag at junction with discus. Vertical pierced handle with double grooves.

Buff fabric with pale brown slip which is darker in grooves, and darker and mottled on underside. Some denting on underside before or during firing.
Subjects and Contexts

Roman Domestic Art

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