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Terracotta lamp with galdiator

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 1/4 x 4 1/8in. (3.2 x 10.5cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2027
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
On the discus, a gladiator, seen from the rear, advances to the fight away from the viewer. He is heavily armed and so can be recognized as a samnis (Samnite) or murmillo. Here, unusually, he is shown as left-handed.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2638, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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