Lamp showing at two-horse chariot (biga) - ROM2010_11689_32


Lamp showing at two-horse chariot (biga)

Medium:Slipped mould-made earthenware
Geography: From Tunisia
Date: c. 80-120 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
4.4 x 11.2 x 6.9 cm
Object number: 975.248.15
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: games and entertainment

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 shows a two-horse (biga) chariot

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