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Bronze hand of a boxer

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 3 in. (7.6 cm); width 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm); length 7 11/16 in. (19.5 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of the Safani family, in honor of Edward Safani, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.219
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
The hand is clad in a caestus (boxing glove), comprising a semicylindrical strip and a projecting spike, tied with cords running from the wrist. Although Roman boxers are represented on statues, mosaics, terracotta plaques and lamps, and bronze figurines, few objects show the actual boxing glove with such clarity of detail as the present piece. The hand is probably not a fragment of a larger composition; it was, perhaps, a votive, dedicated by a boxer on his retirement.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2001. "One Hundred Thirty-first Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2001." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 131: p. 19.

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