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.
- Made in: Lezoux
- Excavated/Findspot: Auvergne
- (Europe,France,Auvergne (region))
- Dragendorff 37
- Diameter: 21.2 centimetres
- Diameter: 8.6 centimetres (base)
- Height: 9.8 centimetres
For the arm guard, cf. B.M. Cat. of Bronzes, No. 1605 – GR 1873.8-20.53.
Greek & Roman Antiquities
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Object reference number: GAA43046
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