Romano-Egyptian pottery frog lamp
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.
Egypt, Roman period, 2nd to 4th Century AD
8.6 x 7.2 cms
Intact as shown
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: