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  • Description

    Pottery: Gaulish Sigillata bowl.
    Repaired; design obliterated in places and very indistinct throughout.
    Frieze of gladiatorial combats and other figures: A gladiator in back view advances to right against an adversary who stands in back view to left, defending himself with shield (scutum) on left arm. Both wear visored helmets, short chiton, and greaves, and the first carries his shield on right arm and wields a short curved dagger in left hand, the left arm being protected by a metal guard twisted round it. Between the pair is a moulded stand with leaf above, and below are trefoils and other ornaments; on the right is a lozenge with a scalloped edge. Next is a similar pair of combatants, but on a smaller scale and with less action; they are shown in side-view, and the first holds his dagger in right hand by his side. Between them, stand as before, and below are a pair of diminutive nude figures dancing, turned nearly to the front, each holding up the inner hand. Next is a similar figure dancing with left hand held up, and beyond him a reel-like ornament. These figures and ornaments are repeated four times over, giving a total of eight groups of combatants.


  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Type series

    • Dragendorff 37
  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 21.2 centimetres
    • Diameter: 8.6 centimetres (base)
    • Height: 9.8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Roman Pottery

    For the arm guard, cf. B.M. Cat. of Bronzes, No. 1605 – GR 1873.8-20.53.

  • Bibliography

    • Roman Pottery M63 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    30 October 2000

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Surface clean Check surface Remove encrustations Dismantle and re-join Fill any missing areas


    The object was in good condition overall. There was dirt and dust present on the surface of the object. The old joins were poorly aligned and the adhesive swollen and disfiguring.

    Treatment details

    The surface dirt and dust was removed using the steam cleaner with distilled water. The run off dirt and water was absorbed into soft tissue paper. The object was dismantled using the steam cleaner with distilled water directed along the joins. The object was reconstructed using HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate) . The joins were supported with masking tape during curing.

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  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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