Black-Figure Oinochoe (Wine Jug): Boxers

Black-Figure Oinochoe (Wine Jug): Boxers

c. 550-540 BC

attributed to Class of London B 524

Ceramic

Overall: 22.3 cm (8 3/4 in.)

Gift of Amadio Canessa 1916.1062

Location

Did you know?

An ancient boxing match (or pyx) continued until one boxer could not (or would not) continue.

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic

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