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Pankration Fighter
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Ref : 110988
Period :
19th century
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Dimensions :
l. 7.87 inch X H. 14.57 inch X P. 5.51 inch
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Pankration Fighter

Pankration Fighter

Bronze, green patina
French, 19th century
After the Antique, Roman bronze statuette, 1st Century AD, Louvre Museum (Paris)

H 37 x W 20 x D 14 cm
H 14 2/3 x W 7 7/8 x D 5 1/2 inch

The "Pankration Fighter" bronze sculpture, a remarkable 19th-century bronze, stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of ancient combat sports. This figure draws inspiration from an ancient Roman bronze statuette dated to the 1st Century AD, currently residing within the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Sculpted with meticulous detail, the piece captures a pivotal moment in a Pankratiast's bout—a martial art form blending wrestling and boxing from ancient Greece. The sculpture exudes a sense of dynamism and raw physicality.

The "Pankration Fighter" sculpture embodies the essence of the Hellenistic period of Greek art, with its depiction of a bearded athlete poised for action. The athlete's musculature, rendered with striking realism, speaks of years of rigorous training and discipline.
In this portrayal, the athlete is captured in mid-action, his hands poised to strike and his left foot raised in a powerful kick aimed at his unseen adversary. The moment is frozen in time, capturing the transient period between two movements—a hallmark of Hellenistic artistry.

The sculpture's dynamic composition and attention to anatomical detail pay homage to the ancient tradition of Pankration—a sport that demanded unmatched skill, strength, and strategy from its participants. The raised foot, ready to deliver a decisive blow, mirrors the iconic works of ancient sculptors such as Myron, known for capturing moments of athletic prowess in their art.
The presence of a cap with a ring atop the athlete's head adds an intriguing element, hinting at the statue's potential use as a decorative piece or perhaps as part of a steelyard—an instrument used in ancient times for measuring weight.

In the "Pankration Fighter," the sculptor skilfully captures the spirit of ancient combat sports, immortalizing the intensity and skill of the Pankratiasts. This bronze, inspired by the ancient Roman statuette from Autun, South France, continues to captivate viewers with its powerful portrayal of physical prowess and the timeless artistry of the Hellenistic period.
As a testament to the enduring fascination with ancient athleticism, the "Pankration Fighter" stands as a symbol of the indomitable spirit of competition and the pursuit of excellence.

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