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Relief depicting a victorious athlete

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This piece is part of the Hellenistic Greek tradition of portrait busts of heroes o shieldlike roundels. The youthful athlete holds a palm branch decorated with two red ribbons in one hand. With the other hand he reaches up to touch the wreath on his head, perhaps crowning himself or calling...

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By date unknown: said to come from the Tarsus area, perhaps Soloi-Pompeiopolis; by 1967: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; 1967: purchased from Robert E. Hecht, Jr. by Charles S. Lipson; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Lipson to MFA, October 11, 1967

Credit Line

Centennial Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Lipson

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 117–38

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 278; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 113 (additional published references).


Height: 79.5 cm (31 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from Aphrodisias or the island of Paros


The Ancient World