c. 550–540 BC
Overall: 22.3 cm (8 3/4 in.)
Gift of Amadio Canessa 1916.1062
An ancient boxing match (or pyx) continued until one boxer could not (or would not) continue.
Two stout young boxers, unbearded, face off on this small wine jug. Curiously, while one boxer has both hands wrapped for fighting (in leather straps known as himantes), the other has left one hand bare, holding it up to fend off punches. The seated figure at left, with one hand raised, may be a judge. The standing figure at right, whose white hair and beard are now mostly gone, is likely a spectator.
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