Height: 8 cm. Private collection, Geneva
Height: 8 cm.
Private collection, Geneva
Condition: patina bronze medal colour, very small pitting over a great part of the surface.
Tip of nose abraded; right hand and left forearm missing as well as feet. The inserted penis a modern restoration.
Represented in the final phase of the discipline, running, his left arm forward for balance, his right arm raised, he is about to release the javelin.
We know of no valid comparison.
Dated by its style and attributed by what seem to be reminiscences of Northern Peloponnesian sculpture, though neither Sparta nor Thessaly are to be totally excluded.
A bronze rider in the Museum of Mariemont1 from the island of Keos bears some resemblance to our figure for the head and for the relatively flat thighs, though the latter would be natural for a horseman. However, it may be that the photograph is misleading.
1 Belgium, Museum of Mariemont 188: G. Faider-Feytmans, Les
Antiquités du Musée du Mariemont (1952), G. 56 (188), pp. 86—
R. Thomas. Athletenstatuetten der Spätarchaik und des Strengen Stils (1981), pp. 49—