Youth with Jumping Weights

c. 40–70 CE
Overall: 84.5 x 39.1 cm (33 1/4 x 15 3/8 in.)
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Location: 103 Roman

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The lower right leg and foot of this sculpture do not survive, and have been reconstructed.


The hourglass-shaped jumping weights slung over his shoulder, together with the animal-skin punching bag on which he leans, characterize this youth as an athlete. The distinctive haircut, short with one long tress in back, may indicate a childhood vow, perhaps to be trimmed in a future ceremony. Several very similar sculptures exist in other collections, suggesting the existence of a single prototype, now lost.
Youth with Jumping Weights

Youth with Jumping Weights

c. 40–70 CE

Italy, Rome

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