Sitting boxer

This hellenistic statue shows a boxer, with massive muscles and wounds from the match. In the hellenistic period, statues are very realistic, unlike the idealized athletic bodies of classical statues, such as the Diskobolos. The boxer's nose is broken, his ears and right eye are swollen and he has scars on his face and limbs. Exhausted after the match he is sitting down, leaning forward, with his arms resting on his thighs. He breathes heavily, with open mouth. His boxing gloves are still around his hands. His head is turned to the right: he looks dazed at the cheering spectators.

In the past, the boxer has been wrongly identified with the famous fighter Kleitomachos.

© KU Leuven, 2012