Terracotta statuette of a gladiator


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.

Terracotta statuette of a gladiator, Terracotta, Roman

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