Murmillo gladiator

Imperial Period
2nd century A.D.


Height: 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



Murmillo gladiator, lunging forward with a dagger (missing), wearing a crested visored helmet. The murmillo was a type of gladiator that grew out of the gallus (Gaul) in the early imperial period and was regularly paired with the Thraex (Thracian) in gladiatorial combat. The murmillo was equiped with a crested, visored helmet; long rectangular shield worn on his left arm; ocrea (greave) on his left leg; manica (arm armor) on his right arm; and a short sword.


By date unknown: Axel Guttmann (1944-2001) collection, Berlin, Germany; by April 2004: with Christie's South Kensington, 85 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LD, Sale number 5524, April 28, 2004, lot 171; purchased at Christie's sale by Jerome M. Eisenberg; gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg to MFA, December 14, 2005

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Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg