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Statuette of a stooping athlete

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A youth is stooping, placing his hands on his knees. Traces on the back show that a second youth, now lost, was seated on his shoulders. They were evidently participants in a ball game. Green patina. The base is modern. Some toes of the left foot are missing.


By 1891: published by E. Petersen who saw the piece in Rome (said by the dealer to come from Southern Italy); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Greek, Early Classical Period, about 470–460 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Probably Argos, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 051; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).


Height: 13.6 cm (5 3/8 in.)

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The Ancient World