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


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.