Egyptian Frog Oil Lamp
An ancient Egyptian pottery oil lamp in the form of a frog, the head in molded relief between the fill hole and the nozzle.
From an early date, the ancient Egyptians associated the frog and the toad with self-creation on account of their emergence from mud of the Nile following inundation. They were also associated with fecundity.
cf.: cf.: D. M. Bailey, A Catalogue of Lamps in the British Museum, Vol. III, Roman Provincial Lamps, (London, 1980), no. Q2132; British Museum, Accession Number 1886.31.4.
Formerly in a New Jersey private collection.