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Murmillo gladiator

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Murmillo gladiator, lunging forward with a dagger (missing), wearing a crested visored helmet. The murmillo was a type of gladiator that grew out of the gallus (Gaul) in the early imperial period and was regularly paired with the Thraex (Thracian) in gladiatorial combat. The murmillo was equiped...

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By date unknown: Axel Guttmann (1944-2001) collection, Berlin, Germany; by April 2004: with Christie's South Kensington, 85 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LD, Sale number 5524, April 28, 2004, lot 171; purchased at Christie's sale by Jerome M. Eisenberg; gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg to MFA, December 14, 2005

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Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg

Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd century A.D.


Height: 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World