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Clay frog lamp, featuring palms.: GR.211.1899

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Current Location: Gallery 19


Clay frog lamp, featuring palms.




"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.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 8.1 cm
Height: 3.6 cm
Width: 7 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1899) by The Egyptian Exploration Fund


Late Antique
201 - 400

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Identification numbers

Accession number: GR.211.1899
Primary reference Number: 67345
Oldmuseumnumber: Nauk (30)
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 12 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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