Boxer of Quirinal, also known as the Terme Boxer, is a Hellenistic Greek
sculpture dated around 330 B.C. of a sitting boxer with Caestus, a type of leather hand-wrap, in the collection of the National Museum of Rome
. It is one of the two unrelated bronzes (the other being the unidentified Hellenistic Ruler) discovered on the slopes of the Quirinal within a month of each other in 1885, possibly from the remains of the Baths of Constantine. It appears that both had been carefully buried in antiquity. The statue is a masterpiece of Hellenistic athletic professionalism, with a top-heavy over-muscled torso and scarred face, cauliflower ears, broken nose, and a mouth suggesting broken teeth. R.R.R. Smith believes that the statue does not show a true portrait: this is genre realism, individuality removed in favour of a generic character of "boxer."
Original illustration by Irene Fanizza.
Uploaded by Irene Fanizza, published on 01 August 2012 under the following license: Public Domain. This item is in the public domain, and can be used, copied, and modified without any restrictions.
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