Bronze. solid cast, with copper inlays
Overall: 21 x 11 cm (8 1/4 x 4 5/16 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1985.137
The long topknot (cirrus) identifies this athlete as a hand-to-hand fighter, most likely a boxer.
This boxer raises his arms to pull tight the thongs (now lost) that Greek and Roman boxers wound around their hands for protection. The sinuous body curve and long proportions are characteristic of the late Hellenistic period, when artists created more elongated versions of athletes and other classical figures.
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