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Case 41 and the shade over Table-case F contain specimens of glazed ware, produced for the most part in Gaul between the first and third centuries A.D. The prevailing colours are yellow, varying to yellowish brown, and a rich green. In this ware we find a true metallic glaze, probably a lead glaze, which must be distinguished from the blue glaze on the faience ware and from the varnish of the Greek potters. Under the thick coat of glaze the subjects lose their definite outlines, and the general effect becomes one of colour rather than of form.
· Table-case F contains a series of Roman lamps. A set of Greek lamp forms was mentioned above, in Case G (p. 248). Generally speaking, the Greek clay lamps have a large central aperture. The Roman lamps have a central medallion with a relief and a small aperture at one side of it. They were prepared in great numbers from moulds such as that shown in fig. 130 (exhibited in the Room of Ancient Life), and are in some respects insignificant as works of art. They are, however, rendered interesting by the great variety of subjects represented in the medallion reliefs, such as subjects from mythology, subjects from daily life, scenes of shipping or from pastoral life, or, more especially, scenes from the circus and the arena, with racing chariots or gladiatorial combats. Compare the lamp illustrated above (fig. 131) with a pastoral scene of a shepherd (Titurus) herding his sheep.
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APPENDIX.-TABLE OF THE GREEK AND ROMAN COLLECTIONS, HISTORICALLY ARRANGED.
Christianity recog. (For Roman Britain
vised by Constan see special collectine (312).
Stamped gold bars