Glass Lamp



Transparent cone-shaped lamp with narrow convex rim. Vases like this are thought to have been used as lamps. For use as lamps they would be filled first nearly to the top with water upon which the oil and wick would float. They would then be set in a stand or hung from the ceiling, grouped in a bracket or a chandelier. Round label stuck to the surface annotated "Fayum (G. Fraser)". George Willoughby Fraser was a British civil engineer who assisted William Matthew Flinders Petrie in his excavations in the Fayum (Lahun 1888-90; Gurob 1888-89; Meidum 1890-91), the source of this object. Information taken from [accessed 20.04.2022].