Statuette of a stooping athlete
Early Classical Period
about 470–460 B.C.
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Probably Argos
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 051; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).
Height: 13.6 cm (5 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
A youth is stooping, placing his hands on his knees. Traces on the back show that a second youth, now lost, was seated on his shoulders. They were evidently participants in a ball game. Green patina. The base is modern. Some toes of the left foot are missing.
By 1891: published by E. Petersen who saw the piece in Rome (said by the dealer to come from Southern Italy); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896
Catharine Page Perkins Fund