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 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.