Terracotta oil lamp


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Loeschcke Type 1A. Mold-made. Deep, concave discus: two gladiators fighting; the one on the left, who lunges forward to right but with head turned back left over his right shoulder, wearing a crested helmet, holding a large rectangular shield at his left side, and aiming a short sword or dagger in his raised right hand at his opponent; the gladiator on the right faces right, away from his attacker, wearing a crested helmet and greaves, with his curved sword and smaller shield lowered; a single filling hole towards bottom between the gladiators, and a band of lines and grooves on almost horizontal shoulder. Volutes flanking nozzle, with large wick hole. Incised base ring, and flat base.


Terracotta oil lamp, Terracotta, Roman

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