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Terracotta statuette of a gladiator

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 1 7/8 in. (15.9 x 6.9 x 4.8 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.210.78
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
The gladiator wears protective body armor and carries a shield and short sword. He can be identified by the helmet with eyeholes as a secutor, who was usually matched against a retiarius wielding a trident and net. Such a pair mimicks the contest between a fish and a fisherman.
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