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Pottery oil-lamp

 

Length: 9.700 cm

P&EE 1856.7-1.336

Room 49: Roman Britain

    Pottery oil-lamp

    Roman Britain, 1st century AD
    Made in Gaul or Britain; found in London

    A scene of gladiators in combat

    This lamp is known as a volute-lamp, so called from the form of the nozzle. Its dark colour is not original, but a result of accidental burning in antiquity. The scene on the discus is of gladiatorial combat, a popular subject in Roman decorative art.

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