Cordoba Roman lamps

LVDI ROMANI. Entertainment in Roman Hispania. It is the title of an exhibition virtualorganizada by the Ministry of Culture through the National Archaeological Museum and the National Museum of Roman Art in Merida. A playful view of Rome, in theaters, circuses and amphitheaters, through the pieces that have come.
Two Cordovan skylights, part of this exhibition. There are more pieces like inscriptions Cordoba, but these are located in Cordoba so have no place in these pages.
If you would like more information about this exhibition or to view his pieces virtually, visit this page.


* National Archaeological Museum. Madrid
* N º Inv.13645.
* Ceramics
* Dimensions: Long. 10 cm.; Diám. 7,5 cm.
* Origin: Cordova. Cerro Muriano.
* Chronology: Siglo I

Ceramic red very refined. The disc is flat, a circle bordering the disc and opens to form the channel, very pronounced, orifice leading to illumination. Two semicircular projections rise above the edge on each side of the lamp and a third person instead of a handle. The disc will decorated with a theatrical mask. Channel lamp, A type IX and Deneauve 5 C y D de Dressel- Lamboglia.

This type of channel or skylights Firmenlampen, originating from northern Italy, arises early Flavian period, and its rapid and widespread diffusion makes them very common in the late first century.

The chandeliers are absolutely necessary votes in the daily life of the house so that they become a great propaganda tool of some issues. It is logical to assume that it would buy chandeliers decorated according to individual taste, but also, market supply was present and facilitated the acquisition. Mythological themes, Erotic, vegetables, animals, ellospodía either be represented in the disks of these lamps.


* National Museum of Roman Art. Merida
* Stock No.: 13.462.
* Ceramics
* Dimensions: Long 8,5 cm.; diám. 7,5 cm
* Origin: Cordova. Cerro Muriano.
* Chronology: First half first century

Very fine and light colored ceramic red slip. The concave disc has the power-center hole and is decorated with the figure of a Thracian gladiator combat attitude, career and brandishing the music in his left hand. Take as a defensive weapon and shield and fasciae ocreae. Lucerne is a scroll and corresponds to type IV A Deneauve.

Scroll chandeliers are the best known and documented group within the Imperial Roman lamps.
The amphitheater and the circus are decorated in many such discs chandeliers, and witness to the taste of the time for games. The gladiators are represented in an attitude of combat, one or more characters, usually a couple, occupy the disk. The decorations of these provide us with a large number of data for a better understanding of the world and Roman culture.

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