Head of an athleteGreek marble. Roman copy after a Greek statue of 5th century BCE.
Height 46 cm. Inv. No. 188.Rome, Capitoline Museums, Centrale Montemartini Museum, II. 27
Greek marble. Roman copy after a Greek statue of 5th century BCE.
Height 46 cm.
Height 46 cm.
Inv. No. 188.
Rome, Capitoline Museums, Centrale Montemartini Museum, II. 27
(Roma, Musei capitolini, Museo Centrale Montemartini)
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.
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.
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