Support for a mirror showing an athlete

Greek
Early Classical Period
about 470 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 043; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 19.1 x 4 x 8.6 cm (7 1/2 x 1 9/16 x 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

96.706

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

Bronze support for a mirror in the form of a youth crowning himself or holding a discus in his raised right hand (diskophoros) This athlete is one of the most satisfying manifestations of the high transitional style that has survived among bronze statuettes. His hair has the arrangement in close curls creating an overall cap-like effect that is characteristic of the “Blond Boy” from the Acropolis. Solid construction of the chest, a bulge at the top of the ribcage, and prominent buttocks when seen in profile all hold together through strong, rounded muscles and a fine finish to the surfaces. The thrusting chin and heavy jaws are evidences of the severe style that led to the early work of Myron and the pedimental figures at Olympia.

Condition: The right hand, left foot and ankle are missing. Traces of the mirror-holder are visible on top of the head. Rough green patina.

Provenance

October 1, 1896: sold by Edward Perry Warren (b. 1860 - d. 1928), London, to the MFA (according to Warren's records, this was said to come from Croton.).

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund