- Charles Henry Niehaus (American, Cincinnati, Ohio 1855–1935 Grantwood, New Jersey)
- 1883–85; cast 1901
- 35 1/4 x 15 x 15 in. (89.5 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1907
- Accession Number:
The Munich-trained Niehaus modeled Caestus in Rome, combining the inspiration of ancient sculpture with his penchant for anatomical realism. The work depicts a rigidly posed athlete preparing for a fight by binding leather straps in a crisscross pattern around his forearms. This arrangement of straps, known as a caestus, was the ancient Roman equivalent of the modern day boxing glove. Lead or iron weights were often secured over the knuckles to increase the impact of the blows.