Bronze diskos thrower

Period: Classical

Date: ca. 480–460 B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: H. 9 5/8 in. (24.51 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1907

Accession Number: 07.286.87


This superlative bronze embodies the highest achievements of the early classical period. The athlete is about to swing the diskos forward and over his head with his left hand, then transfer it to his right hand, and release it with the force of the accumulated momentum. The beauty of the statuette lies in the calm and concentrated physiognomy that forms part of a perfectly developed and disciplined body.