Lamp with a gladiator

Roman
Imperial Period
A.D. 50–100


Dimensions

Height x width x length: 2.7 x 7.7 x 11 cm (1 1/16 x 3 1/16 x 4 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

49.407

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Lighting devices

Terracotta oil lamp of dark brown clay. On the top of the lamp, in the disk, a Roman gladiator is depicted in relief-work. The gladiator is of the type known as a Thrax (Thracian- armed gladiator), which fought with a short, curved sword and wore high greaves (cnemides) on both legs, a manica (arm guard) on his right arm, and a small rectangular shield on his left arm.

Provenance

By date unknown: Mrs. Orrin W. Mann Collection; gift of Mrs. Orrin W. Mann to MFA, May 12, 1949

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Orrin W. Mann