Lot 105: Roman Gladiator Figure Fragment
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 1st-3rd century AD. A carved marble figurine of a gladiator in kilt with pteruges, scale manica to the left arm with strap to the chest, left hand gripping the hilt of a gladius. See Shadrake, S. The World of the Gladiator, Stroud, 2005. 387 grams, 12cm (4 3/4"). Acquired on the London art market prior to 1980. The exact identification of the type of gladiator represented by this statue is not possible due to the figure not wearing certain pieces of equipment that would have helped identify his class. However, the inclusion of the manica, or arm guard, narrows it down to a few possibilities, such as the murmillo, retiarius, eques or the hoplomachus. The fact that the figure is shown at ease without a helmet, or much body armour, suggests that the statuette is that of a victorious gladiator.
Condition Report: Fair condition.