Athlete

Greek
Classical Period
about 440 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 047; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

01.7476

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The youth has tightly rolled hair. The left arm is broken off at the elbow and the left leg at the ankle. Somewhat corroded. Brownish patina.

The hipshot pose and elongated proportions suggest the Polykleitan tradition of the Westmacott Athlete, or the proto-Lysippic proportions of the standing Diskobolos attributed to Naukydes of Argos.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution