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Roman lead wagon with two fighting gladiators ROMAN LEAD WAGON WITH TWO FIGHTING GLADIATORS

The shorter Thracian wears a plumed broad-rimmed helmet that encloses the entire head, a square-shaped shield, and two thigh-length greaves. In his right hand he holds a curved sword (sica). The murmillo wears a plumed helmet with a stylized fish (mormylos) on the crest, an arm guard (manica) and carries a gladius and an oblong Gallic shield.
Probably a votive or toy; the two back wheels and axles missing.

Ex German private collection, 1970s.

2nd-3rd Century AD

H. 2 3/8 in. (6.2 cm.);
L. 3 1/8 in. (8 cm.)

Art of the Ancient World, 2011, no. 80


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