Lamp depicting a victorious charioteer driving a quadriga (four-horse chariot) - ROM2010_11689_34

ROM2010_11689_34

Lamp depicting a victorious charioteer driving a quadriga (four-horse chariot)

Medium:Mould-made earthenware
Geography: Made in Asia Minor (modern Turkey)
Date: c. 50 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
Dimensions:
3.1 x 10.6 x 7.6 cm
Object number: 981.16.3
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: games and entertainment
Description

Chariot Racing

The premier venue for chariot racing in Rome was the Circus Maximus. During a race, up to twelve charioteers had to circle the central spine or spina seven times. Seven large bronze dolphins, supported by columns, were used to count the laps. By the 1st century AD, chariot racing had become a very professional business with large stables supplying horses, chariots, and drivers.

This lamp, showing a charioteer at the Circus Maximus driving four-horse chariot (quadriga), is a copy of a popular Italian original.

Collection:
Roman World
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