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  • Description

    Pottery lamp.
    Discus: warrior at rampart. Undefined base. Light pinkish-brown clay, with mica; streaky orange to dark brown slip. Shoulder form IIIa.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 50-100
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Type series

    • Loeschcke IV
  • Dimensions

    • Length: 73 millimetres
    • Width: 51 millimetres
    • Height: 22.6 millimetres
    • Weight: 44 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Paper label attached: 'roman lamp, first century. FROM EXCAVATIONS IN LEADENHALL ST., LONDON. NOV. I928'.
    The archetype for this lamp's mould was a lamp, as is shown by the depression where the filling-hole of that lamp was situated, to the left of the figure.
    Bibl. Christie's Sale Catalogue, 11 July 1973, Lot 13; Ant J, 1975, Pl- Lxivb.


  • Bibliography

    • Lamp Q1521 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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