Bronze figurine of a gladiator
Roman Britain, 1st-2nd century AD
This figurine shows a heavily-armed gladiator, wearing a loin cloth with protective waist-belt, and armoured guards for his shins, sword arm and shoulder. Although his sword and shield are broken away, he was evidently of the popular Thracian class. His distinctive helmet, with an elaborate crest and plume, has the visor closed ready for combat.
E. Köhne and C. Ewigleben (eds.), Gladiators and Caesars: the po (London, The British Museum Press, 2000)