Bronze Sculpture of Two Greek Wrestlers

Bronze Sculpture of Two Greek Wrestlers

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source: Wikimedia Commons
author: Walters Art Museum
Description

A photograph shows a small bronze sculpture fashioned in the image of two nude wrestlers. One wrestler has picked the other up around the waist and appears to be throwing him to the ground.

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Date

Artifact: 2nd century BC

Photo: March 2012


Information

This bronze Greek statuette, dated to the 2nd century BC, depicts two men likely competing in a palé (Greek wrestling) match. It is possible the original artist intended to depict the combat sport pankration, as the unrestrictive rules allowed for almost any kind of combat. Regardless of the sport, this likely depicts athletes at the ancient Olympic Games or one of the other Panhellenic games.


Related Articles

Greek Palé (Wrestling) | Greek PankrationAncient Olympic Games | Panhellenic Games

Bibliography

Young, D. C. (2004). A brief history of the Olympic games. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub.

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