Apr 22, 2008
Apr 22, 2008
Apr 22, 2008
Apr 22, 2008

Athlete Making an Offering

Athlete Making an Offering

c. 450-425 BC

Bronze (hollow cast)

Overall: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.); without tang: 19.8 cm (7 13/16 in.)

Gift of the Hanna Fund 1955.684

Location

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The missing right arm and hand of this athlete were cast separately and attached.

Description

Standing in a classic contrapposto pose, with one leg straight and weight-bearing, the other bent and relaxed, this athlete pauses after victory. He turns his head gently, looking down to make an offering with his lost right hand. At the sites of their victories and in their home cities, champion athletes were often honored with such sculptures, glorifying the strength and beauty of the male form at both small and large scale.

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

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