Support for a stand in the shape of a discus thrower (diskobolos)

Italic, Etruscan
Classical Period
about 450 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 044.

Dimensions

Height: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

95.69

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

This is the top of a “kottabos” stand (stand for wine-cups used in the Greek Symposium) terminating in the figure of a Discus thrower (Diskobolos). The lowered right hand holds the discus, and an attachment for the dish is in the raised left. The now-missing disc from the kottabos stand would have acted as a visual pun on the discus held by the athlete.

Condition: Patina mottled dark green. The base is modern, including smaller square section below the column’s shaft.

Provenance

By 1892: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Found in Etruria. [purchased] October 1892.); 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund