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Clay frog lamp, featuring palms.

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Clay frog lamp, featuring palms.


lighting equipment




"Frog lamp". Such lamps were only manufactured in Egypt during the late Ptolemaic to early Roman periods. They were manufactured to celebrate the annual flooding of the Nile and replace earlier New Year flasks. There are often a wide variety of types, often featuring a whole frog or the legs with an additional motif. Corn and palms are also common motifs, as in this example.

Field Collection

Naukratis Egypt


depth 8.1 cm
height 3.6 cm
width 7 cm


Late Antique


A.D. 201 — A.D. 400


given: the Egypt Exploration Fund 1899 (Filtered for: Antiquities)


  1. Ashton, S.A.
    (2004) Roman Egyptomania , London : Golden House Publications (2004) London: Golden House Publications [page: 114 & 115]



Accession Number

GR.211.1899 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 67345; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-13)

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