Statuette of a young athlete holding a strigil

Greek
Early Hellenistic Period
Late 4th or 3rd century B.C.


Dimensions

Overall: 27 x 11.5 cm (10 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

01.7816

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of youth standing, holding strigil. Wears a cloak (himation), exposing most of his torso, and a heavy round wreath; strigil in left hand, held easily against body. He is clothed, which is unusual for figures of Greek athletes. Perhaps he has completed his bathing and has left the gymnasium.

Condition: Fingers and thumb of right hand are missing. Other breaks. Feet and base are modern.
Label text:
The strigil was used to scrape cleansing oil off the body during the bathing process. Bathing was an obligatory sequel to athletic exercise, and the strigil probably indicates that this youth is an athlete.

Provenance

By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Tanagra. Bought from Rhousopoulos); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution