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