Bronze Sculpture: Boxer at Rest

Bronze Sculpture: Boxer at Rest

license: public domain
source: Wikimedia Commons
author: Marie-Lan Nguyen
Description

A bronze statue depicts a Greek boxer sitting on a stone seat. His hands are gently folded, with his forearms resting on his thighs. He wears oxys, a type of leather hand wrap used for pygmachia, Greek boxing.


Date

Artifact: 4th–1st century BC (date debated)

Photo: 2009


Information

Boxer at Rest hands detailThis Greek bronze sculpture, titled “Boxer at Rest” or sometimes “Terme/Thermae Boxer,” depicts a boxer relaxing after of match of pygmachia (Greek boxing). Of the several types of ancient Greek boxing wraps used by fighters, this one wears the most violent – oxys. These were crafted with a thick leather strap with sharp edges wrapped around the knuckle. The fighter would use these sharp edges to cut and gash the face of his opponent.

The timeframe of this statue’s creation is debated, with suggested dates ranging from the mid 4th century to the mid 1st century BC.

At the time of photograph, this statue was housed in the National Museum of Rome. The gallery page for the closeup detail on the hand wraps is linked above.


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Greek Pygmachia | Greek Boxing Equipment | History of Combat SportsAncient Olympic Games | Ancient Isthmian Games | Ancient Pythian Games | Ancient Nemean Games | Panhellenic Games

Bibliography

Miller, S. G. (2006). Ancient Greek athletics. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Phillips, D. J., & Pritchard, D. (2011). Sport and festival in the ancient Greek world. Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales.