Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009

Black-Figure Oinochoe (Wine Jug): Boxers

Black-Figure Oinochoe (Wine Jug): Boxers

c. 550–540 BC

attributed to Class of London B 524


Overall: 22.3 cm (8 3/4 in.)

Gift of Amadio Canessa 1916.1062


Did you know?

An ancient boxing match (or pyx) continued until one boxer could not (or would not) continue.


Two stout young boxers, unbearded, face off on this small wine jug. Curiously, while one boxer has both hands wrapped for fighting (in leather straps known as himantes), the other has left one hand bare, holding it up to fend off punches. The seated figure at left, with one hand raised, may be a judge. The standing figure at right, whose white hair and beard are now mostly gone, is likely a spectator.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
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