Roman gladiator lamp Provocator
This Roman oil lamp shows a classical fight of two gladiators in attack position and is made after a find from the 1st century A.D. in reddish clay with the plastic representation of a Roman gladiator couple in the mirror and a decorative Corinthian column - decoration. It gives an extremely large amount of light, as it can be used with 15 wicks.
- Length of the oil lamp about 20 cm
- description for handling is enclosed
- relief-like decorations
- Antique look
By the way, the gladiator games, which were very popular among the Romans, originated from the fights at funeral ceremonies of the Etruscans: Here, heavily armed prisoners of war had to compete against each other as human sacrifices in a duel to the death, in order to reconcile the spirit of the deceased with their blood and to make the gods of the dead merciful. The first purely Roman gladiatorial combat took place in 264 B.C. A gladiatorial combat based on the Etruscan model was held as a sacrifice for the deceased senator Junius Brutus Pera. There were also many different types of gladiators, classified according to the weapons they fought with. On the website of the Forum Traiani you can read about the brave men and their fights!
So popular were the Roman gladiator fights that they naturally could not be missing in the visual arts. Often Roman oil lamps, as the various objects on these pages of the Roman store under the category of pottery and ceramics impressively show, were provided with reliefs or plastic representations from the everyday life of the Romans. For the oil lamps made of clay were ubiquitous light givers in Roman antiquity and could be found in every household in large numbers and variety.
Fuel of the oil lamp
Olive oil served as fuel, but they can also be burned with cooking or commercial lamp oil. For protection, all oil lamps are glazed from the inside! You will also receive two spare wicks free of charge!
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