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This lamp is known as a volute-lamp, so called from the form of the nozzle. Its dark colour is not original, but a result of accidental burning in antiquity. The scene on the discus is of gladiatorial combat, a popular subject in Roman decorative art.

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  • Title: Pottery oil-lamp
  • Date Created: 50/90
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 97.00mm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Subject: gladiatorial combat
  • Registration number: 1856,0701.336
  • Production place: Made in British Isles. Made in France
  • Place: Found/Acquired Bush Lane
  • Period/culture: Romano-British
  • Material: pottery
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Roach Smith, Charles

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