about A.D. 150
15 cm (5 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Figure of retiarius (net-fighter) in a combative pose with his left leg thrust forward; originally he held a trident in both hands. He has curly hair, a battered face, and a heavily muscled body and limbs. His left arm is wrapped with leather straps and he wears metal armor (galerus) on his left shoulder to protect his throat. He also wears a heavy belt, loin cloth, and ankle straps. Dotted circles are incised on the armor and belt. Excellent patina. Traces of solder on both hands, left thigh and feet.
A retiarius fought with a net, a trident, and a short sword. Retiarii were regularly paired with provocatores, secutores, and contraretiarii in gladiatorial combat.
By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, November 17, 1993
Otis Norcross Fund, Frank B. Bemis Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, and William Nickerson Fund