A Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp with Murmillo Gladiator, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE
RT2101Regular price $995 USD
Mould-made, of discus type, a murmillo gladiator poised to strike the death blow, standing with his back to the viewer, his right arm raised and holding a short sword, holding a large rectangular shield in his left hand, wearing a helmet and greaves, with concentric bands towards the edge, a filling hole in the lower right quadrant and another above the wick hole, volutes flanking the wide, angular nozzle, with a large wick hole.
The murmillo (plural murmillones) or myrmillo wore a helmet with a stylized fish on the crest (the mormylos or sea fish), as well as an arm guard (manica), a loincloth and belt, a gaiter on his right leg, thick wrappings covering the tops of his feet, and a very short greave with an indentation for the padding at the top of the feet. They are heavily armored gladiators: the murmillo carried a gladius (64 – 81 cm long) and a tall, oblong shield in the legionary style. Murmillones were typically paired with a Thracian opponent, but occasionally with the similar hoplomachus.
Dimensions: Length: 3 1/2 inches (9 cm)
Condition: Rejoined, the back with fill. Overall in very good condition.
Provenance: Private Maryland collection, acquired from the London trade in 2008.