Relief from the base of a marble statue of Kouros, found at the wall of Themistocles, in Kerameikos, Athens. It dates back to 510 B.C. Representation of wrestling the so-called Pankration. It is made of copper with natural oxidation on linen passpartou with antique wooden picture frame.
Frame Dimensions: 39 cm x 26,5 cm x 1,5 cm
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Pankration was a combat sport introduced into the Greek Olympic Games in 648 BC and founded as a blend ofboxing and wrestling. Pankration was one of the Heavy Athletics inancient Greece. The term comes from the Greek παγκράτιον [paŋkrátion], literally meaning "all might".
This event was a grueling combination of boxing and wrestling. Punches were allowed, although the fighters did not wrap their hands with the boxing himantes. Rules outlawed only biting and gouging an opponent's eyes, nose, or mouth with fingernails. Attacks such as kicking an opponent in the belly, which are against the rules in modern sports, were perfectly legal.
The marble base of the kouros statue with the depiction of the pankration is located at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
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