Terracotta lamp, Terracotta, Roman

Terracotta lamp

Period:
Imperial
Date:
late 1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made, lead-glazed ware
Dimensions:
2 19/32 x 6 1/2 in. (6.6 x 16.5 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.883
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
In the discus stands a gladiator in armor, greaves, and helmet. His small, square shield and curved sword mark him as a thrax (Thracian), one of the more popular categories of fighter.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 200, p. 258, pl. 326.5, Paris.