Coaster with the sport of the Ancient Olympic Games, the Long Jump. We created for you a unique sculpture in brass with patina, inspired by the performances of sports on black-figured vases. In Ancient Olympia the Long Jump was a sport feature of the Pentathlon.
Dimensions: 9,5cm x 9,5cm
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The sport of jumping is linked to ancient Greek warfare. The long jump emerged probably because it mirrored the crossing of obstacles such as streams and ravines. In the ancient Olympic Games jumping existed primarily as a component of the pentathlon since 708 B.C, and was seldom held as a separate event.
The original Olympic athletes used stone or lead weights called halteres, that appeared in various shapes. Others were simple cones with depressions so that the athlete could grip it. They were used as a means to increase the distance of a jump. A jumper held onto the weights until the end of his flight, when he jettisoned them backwards. Athletes jumped into a pit approximately 50 feet long and landed with their feet together. Officials measured a jump from the bater, a fixed point on the side of the jumping pit and used a kanon, a wooden rod, to measure the distance of each athlete's jumps.
The original representation of the sport was depicted in a black-figured vase that is kept in the Louvre Museum in Paris and it shows an athlete, holding the halteres, during the jump.
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