Statuette of a discus thrower (discobolos)

Greek
Early Classical Period
about 480 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 042; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 15.2 x 6.6 x 4 cm (6 x 2 5/8 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7480

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Out on Loan

On display at Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, July 7, 2017 – October 1, 2017

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Youth with discus (Diskobolos) is slightly crude in detail, eyes and hands being overly large. The hair is a heavy cap formed of incised lines.

Condition: The right leg has been broken at the knee and repaired. The fronts of both feet are missing. Corrosion, especially on the front of the body.

Provenance

By 1901: acquired in Paris by Edward Perry Warren (b. 1860 - d. 1928), London (according to Warren's records, this was bought from an Athenian dealer in Paris who said, falsely, that it was from Chalcis; we know, however, that it came from Greece); December 1, 1901: sold by Warren to the MFA.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution