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Name of Object:

Statue of Athlete – Ephesos


Vienna, Austria

Holding Institution:

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities

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Date of Object:

2nd century AD (copy after a Greek original from the last quarter of the 4th century BC); found in 1895

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Height 192 cm




After competitions in the palestra (sports arena), it was customary for the athletes to clean the sand from their oiled bodies with a strigil, or scraping iron. The Ephesian athlete seen here has already finished this task and – with his hair still soaking in sweat – is cleaning the strigil itself. This statue cannot be attributed to any Greek artist with certainty, yet Roman reproductions in marble and depictions on pottery reliefs and engraved stones speak to a high degree of familiarity with the original.

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"Statue of Athlete – Ephesos" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;at;18;en

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MWNF Working Number: AT 019

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