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Clay frog lamp: GR.200.1899

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Current Location: Gallery 19


Clay frog lamp




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 a wide variety of types, often featuring a whole frog or their legs with an additional motif.

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Height: 4.4 cm
Length: 8.6 cm
Width: 6.4 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1899) by Egypt Exploration Fund


Late Antique
201 - 400

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Identification numbers

Accession number: GR.200.1899
Primary reference Number: 67333
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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