No. D 218
Date Range: ~ 330/ 320 BC
H. 2,05 m
Material: Marble copy of a bronze sculpture of Lysippos
Collection: Rome, Vatican Museums

  • General view of Apoxyomenos
  • Movement detail
  • Detailed view of the strigilis

For Greek athletes it was common to oil themselves up before they start a competition. This was one of the reasons why the raised dust kept sticking on their bodies. They removed it with a so-called strigilis.With the tool in his left hand the Apoxyomenos (the "Scraper") is just removing the dust from the reverse side of his elongated right arm. The evidence for a hard competition is seen in his posture and facial features, which seem to be very exhausted. Interesting is the fact, that the Apoxyomenos is holding the strigilis with a grip that lets the thumb rest on the flipside, perhaps to increase the pressure to his move.

(A.M.)

Bibliography

W. Fuchs, Die Skulptur der Griechen2 (München 1979) 104 Abb. 96
J. Jüthner, Die athletischen Leibesübungen der Griechen II. Einzelne Sportarten (Wien u.a. 1968) 50

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