Head of an athlete.

Greek marble. Roman copy after a Greek statue of 5th century BCE.
Height 46 cm.
Inv. No. 188.

Rome, Capitoline Museums, Museum Montemartini (Centrale Montemartini), II. 27
(Musei capitolini, Centrale Montemartini)

Origin:
Unknown.
Description:
The head of the “Amelung” athlete is bent slightly forward and turned towards the right. A thick mass of hair covers the rounded head. Above the brow, the locks are fine and short but irregularly worked; towards the back of the head, and particularly behind the ears, the curls become larger and are hastily carved. The lips are arched. The athlete is wearing a sort of cap made of three strips of leather; one over the brow, one over the top of the head and a third over the occiput. The strips all converge towards the ears. These transverse strips are linked by a thong from the brow to the occiput. This type of cap probably served to protect boxers’ ears and temples. The cap slightly covers the left ear.

M. Devillers
Literature:
H. Stuart Jones, A Catalogue of the Ancient Sculptures Preserved in the Municipal Collections of Rome. The Sculptures of the Museo Capitolino: Stanze terrene a dritta (Oxford, 1912) I.8, p. 65—66, pl. 12.
Credits:
© 1993. Photo, text: OLYMPISM IN ANTIQUITY. Olympic Museum Lausanne. Bertelsmann UFA. Industria Gráfica S. A. Barcelona, 1993, p. 91 cat. no. 34.
© Photographer — Araldo de Luca (Rome).
© 1993 — Comité International Olympique.
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