Oil lamp in the shape of a mummy

This lamp was described by its collector as ‘Romano-Egyptian. Mummy-shaped, 4 in. by 2 in. Pink clay; originally with brown glaze. Handle raised, in form of skull-like head emerging from swathings. Large filling-hole and wick-hole. Probably made in Alexandria, early in the fourth century A.C. (sic). Curious and rare pattern’. It belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Montague who collected over 800 classical archaeological objects, which he bequeathed to the museum on his death.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Collection Area Region
North Africa
Collector Excavator
Montague, LAD
Common Name
oil lamp in the shape of a mummy
Simple Name
Period Classification
Roman Imperial - 31 BC-476 AD

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oil lamp in the shape of a mummy