Terracotta oil lamp


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Loeschcke Type 1A. Mold-made. Discus: heavily armored gladiator, standing facing right, wearing a helmet with plumes behind, armor on his right arm, greaves, and a large rectangular shield that protects his entire body, and holding in his right hand a short sword; a single filling hole at bottom left, and a band of lines and grooves towards edge. Volutes flanking wide, angular nozzle, with large wick hole. Incised base ring, and flat base.


On discus, a gladiator. His heavy armor and large rectangular shield identify the fighter as a samnis (Samnite) or murmillo.

Terracotta oil lamp, Terracotta, Roman

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