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  • Museum number

    1888,0601.106

  • Description

    Egyptian terracotta figure group of wrestlers. Mould-made. Part of a wrestling group, modelled in the round and leaning towards each other to grapple: one figure, whose head and lower body are lost, has a neck-hold on the other, and strengthens his hold by gripping with the hooked fingers of each hand. The opponent reaches up with his left arm to encircle his antagonist’s waist. Piece-moulds were certainly used in the making of this group, which is hollow, but the webs have been cleaned up well and it is difficult to see in which direction they ran. Possibly traces of pink and red paint. Brown Nile silt with common fine gold mica and white inclusions.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 3rdC BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 4.3 centimetres (max)
    • Width: 3.6 centimetres
    • Thickness: 2.3 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Bailey claims one of the wrestlers is African (Bailey 2008, 150). Also published by Guggisberg (1993, 555).

    Guggisberg M. 1993. ‘Eine hellenistische Ringergruppen aus Argos’. BCH. 117, 547-563.

  • Bibliography

    • Terracotta 3569 bibliographic details
    • Terracotta C617 bibliographic details
    • Villing et al 2013-2015 TF.616 (Phase 1) bibliographic details
  • Condition

    One figure has lost his lower body and his right arm.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1888

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1885-1886.

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1888,0601.106

Egyptian terracotta figure group of wrestlers. Part of a wrestling group, modelled in the round and leaning towards each other to grapple: one figure, whose head and lower body are lost, has a neck-hold on the other, and strengthens his hold by gripping with the hooked fingers of each hand. The opponent reaches up with his left arm to encircle his antagonist’s waist. Piece-moulds were certainly used in the making of this group, which is hollow, but the webs have been cleaned up well and it is difficult to see in which direction they ran. Possibly traces of pink and red paint. Brown Nile silt with common fine gold mica and white inclusions.

Egyptian terracotta figure group of wrestlers. Part of a wrestling group, modelled in the round and leaning towards each other to grapple: one figure, whose head and lower body are lost, has a neck-hold on the other, and strengthens his hold by gripping with the hooked fingers of each hand. The opponent reaches up with his left arm to encircle his antagonist’s waist. Piece-moulds were certainly used in the making of this group, which is hollow, but the webs have been cleaned up well and it is difficult to see in which direction they ran. Possibly traces of pink and red paint. Brown Nile silt with common fine gold mica and white inclusions.

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