A Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp with Murmillo Gladiator, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE
A Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp with Murmillo Gladiator, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE
A Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp with Murmillo Gladiator, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE

A Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp with Murmillo Gladiator, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE

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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. 

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