Gladiator

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 150


Dimensions

15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1993.682

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, November 17, 1993

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund, Frank B. Bemis Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, and William Nickerson Fund