Statuette of a discus thrower (discobolos)

Early Classical Period
about 480 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 042; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).


Overall: 15.2 x 6.6 x 4 cm (6 x 2 5/8 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



Youth with discus (Diskobolos) is slightly crude in detail, eyes and hands being overly large. The hair is a heavy cap formed of incised lines.

Condition: The right leg has been broken at the knee and repaired. The fronts of both feet are missing. Corrosion, especially on the front of the body.


By 1901: acquired in Paris by Edward Perry Warren (b. 1860 - d. 1928), London (according to Warren's records, this was bought from an Athenian dealer in Paris who said, falsely, that it was from Chalcis; we know, however, that it came from Greece); December 1, 1901: sold by Warren to the MFA.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution