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Statuette - The Borghese Gladiator

The Borghese Gladiator

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This figure is based on an antique prototype, known as the Borghese Gladiator, in the Louvre, Paris.
The antique Borghese Gladiator is a Hellenstic marble sculpture of a swordsman or warrior, made by Agasias of Ephesos, an ancient Greek sculptor. It was rediscovered in 1611 at Nettuno. It was in the Borghese Collection, Rome, until Napoleon purchased it in 1907. It is now in the Louvre.

Physical description

Bronze statuette depicting the Borghese Gladiator. He strides forward, naked, on his right foot, his right arm behind him and his left arm, with the shield strap, outstretched. The tree trunk support is inscribed in greek. On an oblong base

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


17th century (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 26 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronze, depicting the Borghese Gladiator, after the antique now in the Louvre, Italy, 17th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 13

Production Note

After the antique



Subjects depicted





Sculpture Collection

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