Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Lamp, late 1st century b.c.–early 1st century a.d.; Early Imperial
    Roman
    Terracotta, mold–made; H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm), Diam. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
    The Cesnola Collection, purchased by subscription, 1874–76 (74.51.2027)

    On the discus of this oil lamp, a gladiator, seen from the rear, advances to the fight. He is heavily armed, with a helmet, shield, and greaves, and so can be recognized as either a secutor or a murmillo. Here, unusually, he is shown as lefthanded. Pottery lamps depicting events from the amphitheater have been found all around the Roman empire (in the Museum's collection, see also 74.51.1850, 74.51.2022, and 17.194.883).

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  • Lamp, late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.; Early Imperial
    Roman
    Terracotta, mold-made; H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm), Diam. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
    The Cesnola Collection, purchased by subscription, 1874–76 (74.51.2027)

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