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Gladiator in armor

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Applique-plaque with a hollow back in a three-quarter view. The figure is facing toward its left, with a rectangular shield on the left arm, a greave (shin-guard) on his left leg, and a sword in his right hand. His helmet, with neither a crest nor a visor, was designed to eliminate projections...

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By 1982: with Blumka Gallery, 949 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10028 (said to have come from a New York collection formed in Germany during the Weimar Republic); purchased by MFA from Blumka Gallery, June 9, 1982

Credit Line

Classical Department Exchange Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st–3rd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 129.


Height: 6.7 cm (2 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World