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Ancient sculpture of a boxer

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Ancient sculpture of a boxer from Palazzo Massimo Alle Terme
Ancient sculpture of a boxer

The sculpture of the boxer is one of the two found during the construction of the Quirinal Theater in Rome. Both were buried very carefully, perhaps in order to hide them from looters. The original location of where the boxer statue stood also remains a mystery. Perhaps it decorated the baths of Constantine, several hundred meters away, of which, unfortunately, there is no trace of it today.

The statue was made of bronze using the lost wax technique. It depicts a naked boxer resting. It has not been cast as one piece, the individual parts are connected in an almost imperceptible way. The boxer is also not uniform in colour: you can see the furrows under the eye and blood on its body and a different colour of the lips and nipples (the use of copper). His eyes – now empty sockets – must have been filled with ivory, precious stones or painted glass.

Author: Daria Cybowska

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