From youth to maturity

This bronze statuette was discovered in Rouen with a group of other statuettes which probably came from a lararium (a domestic altar).
Mars is clearly recognisable: he has an almost full set of miltary equipment, consisting of a Corinthian helmet tilted backwards, an anatomical breastplate with epaulettes and mantling, two decorated greaves (shin-guards) and a shield at his feet; the god must originally have been leaning on a spear, which is now lost.
This splendid set of armour makes the character’s identity clear. But contrary to the many Greek models of Mars which portray him as a young man, this statuette depicts a man in his prime, with full beard and powerful frame. Like Jupiter, this Mars is the very image of power and virility.