Romano-Egyptian pottery frog lamp



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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: