Bronze (solid cast)
Overall: 21.5 cm (8 7/16 in.)
Weight: 1.814 kg (4 lbs.)
John L. Severance Fund 2000.6
This robust athlete exudes power, despite his damaged feet and missing hands.
Striding forward with his right arm raised behind his head, this powerful figure conveys a naturalistic sense of form and movement associated with Greek sculpture created around 500 BC. Even without its right hand and the object it once held, other features of this statuette—especially its strong physique, posture, and clean-shaven face—all suggest that it represents an athlete, likely preparing to throw a javelin. For while the gods Zeus and Poseidon also strike similar poses in small bronzes of the period (holding a thunderbolt or trident, respectively), these gods would be bearded.
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