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Description The pugilist stands with his bare fists raised in a sparring position. Supported by a wide waistband, his tight breeches extend to mid-calf and have a "two-button fall-down;" his upper torso is bare. The ivory socle on which he stands is fitted into a gold mount. The mount is attached to an uncarved carnelian seal that serves as a plinth for the diminutive statuette. Among the contemporaneous representations of pugilists in similar costume and postures is a group sculpture in ivory showing Tom Cribb and Tom Molyneaux carved in the 1st quarter of the 19th century.
Provenance Acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 1800
ivory and gold on a carnelian base
(Ivory & Bone)
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H: 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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