Bronze statue of a young athlete, found in the sea off Marathon, Attica.
ca. 340-330 BC.
Found in 1925 in the sea off Marathon, Attica. The statue, smaller than life-size, probably depicts the young winner of a contest, as is suggested by the band on his head which ends in an upright leaf above the forehead. The object he held in his raised right hand is not preserved. It is also unclear what he held in his left hand, toward which he turns his head and gazes steadily. This hand was replaced, probably at a later period, by another with the palm worked in the form of a lamp. One of the masterpieces of the Late Classical period, associated with the school of Praxiteles.
Height 1,30 m.