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Statuette of a Boxer
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Statuette of a Boxer

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Description This exquisitely modeled boxer demonstrates the sculptor's ability to realistically render the athletic physique. The figure also reveals the level of excellence Hellenistic artists achieved in small-scale sculpture. The athlete's hands are wrapped with leather thongs, the Greek equivalent of boxing gloves, and he holds a sponge. Lamps that burned olive oil would have been suspended from chains at each corner of the base. Boxing was a popular and violent contest in which almost any blow was permitted, including eye-gouging.
Date Description Narrative
4/01/1982Treatmentcleaned; examined for loan
12/08/1982Examinationexamined for loan
  • Transformations in Hellenistic Art. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley. 1983.
  • Designed for Use: Ancient Industrial Arts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983.
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
Provenance Joseph Brummer, New York and Paris, 1924, by purchase [Brummer inv. no. N665]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924

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1st century BC (Hellenistic)
solid cast bronze
Accession Number
10 13/16 x 3 15/16 x 3 9/16 in. (27.5 x 10 x 9 cm)


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