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Romano-Egyptian pottery frog lamp

R155

£120.00

In stock

A moulded pottery oil lamp decorated with a figure of a frog, the base is inscribed with an “Alpha” mark.

Heqet, in the shape of a frog, was an Egyptian goddess of rebirth and fertility due to the amphibian’s association with the annual flood of the Nile.

Culture
Egypt, Roman period, 2nd to 4th Century AD

Size
8.6 x 7.2 cms

Condition
Intact as shown

Provenance
Ex. collection: Sir William Whitfield (1920-2019), St Helen Hall, St Helen Auckland, Co. Durham, UK; acquired in the UK during the 1940’s.

Sir William Whitfield was a prominent architect during the 1960’s and 1970’s, for further reading please see:
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/apr/03/sir-william-whitfield-obituary

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