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Statuette of a discus thrower (diskobolos)

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The discus thrower drives forward on his right leg for his toss; his left leg and arm fly forward as the discus passes his thigh. His hair is arranged in a roll at the back of his head. Condition: The patina on the surface of the bronze is dark blue. Both feet are missing.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Italic, Etruscan, Early Classical Period, about 480 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 187; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 121 (additional published references).


Height: 6.7 cm (2 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World