Bronze Discus of an Athlete

Culture: Greek
Period: ca. 6th century B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 14.9 cm in diameter
Price: Sold
Ref: 2401
Provenance: From the private collection of Jean Alain Mariaud de Serres. Sold from the estate auction on 2 October 2000, lot 783. Last in a Swiss private collection.
Condition: Intact
Description: Massive and heavy bronze discus as it was thrown by Greek athletes in competitions. The disc, which weighs slightly over two kilograms, was thrown away after half a turn as a pure act of strength. Compare the size and weight of the discus in the British Museum (Registration Number 1898,0716.3) with an inscription that was sacrificed to the Dioscuri by the winner after a competition in Cephalonia.