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Hand of a boxer

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This sculptural fragment shows the complex formation of the ancient boxing "glove". There is a rope or fur-and-leather edge around the wrist and thongs or ropes running criss-cross in the palm and down the back of the hand. The ropes form a "harness" around the top of the knuckles of the...

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By 1972: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (according to the entry in Sculpture in Stone and Bronze: thought to be from Asia Minor and then from a private collection in Switzerland); gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr. to MFA, September 13, 1972

Credit Line

Gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr.

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D.150–220

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 085.


Length: 20 cm (7 7/8 in.); end of thumb to end of wrist: 16.2 cm (6 3/8 in.)

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The Ancient World