A fiery warrior

This bronze statuette is not of local origin but provides a fine example of the most common image of Mars.
It portrays a beardless young man, standing and dressed as a soldier, with a tall-crested helmet and an anatomical breastplate over a short tunic.
The statuette is incomplete today, but the god must once have leant on a spear, as is indicated by his raised left hand. It should be noted that Mars is depicted here as a beardless, slender-figured young man - a direct descendant of the many Greek models which represented Mars-Ares as a young man.
Although this model of the young Mars was typically Greek, it remained very popular throughout Roman antiquity. The god is clearly characterised here both by his armour, which emphasises his warlike character, and by his youth, which perhaps symbolises youthful spirit.