No. D 435
Date Range: 1st century BC
H. 1,05 m (with base 1,28 m)
Material: Bronze
Collection: Rome, Museo Nationale

  • General view of the Boxer of Quirinal
  • Head of the Boxer of Quirinal
  • Detailed view of the hands of the Boxer of Quirinal

In ancient Greece boxing was a very popular sport. Particularly illustrations and later also written evidence gives us an inside into this challenging sport. The sitting boxer, also known as the Terme Boxer, has a very muscular body that reflects his hard training. The body of the boxer testifies the incredible physical strains an ancient boxer had to deal with. Particularly the face is scarred and bloody. His body seems to be limp and tired.  He is wearing sharp thongs wrapped around his hands and wrists, which were ten-foot strips of cowhide to protect the boxer’s wrists and fingers and boost the blow. His head is turned to the right and his eyes are looking up to another person he was probably just talking to.

(K.B.)

Bibliography

W. Decker, Sport in der griechischen Antike. Vom minoischen Wettkampf zu den Olympischen Spielen (München 1995) 83f.
W. Fuchs, Die Skulptur der Griechen4 (München 1993) 281-284 Abb. 311. 312
W. B. Tyrrell, The smell of sweat. Greek athletics, olympics and culture (Wauconda 2004) 122

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