Support for a stand in the shape of a discus thrower (diskobolos)
about 450 B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 044.
Height: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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)
Catharine Page Perkins Fund