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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Dimensions

Length: 9.700 cm

Museum number

P&EE 1856.7-1.336

BCF1582

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