The relief of the youths playing with ball is inspired by a marble base of a kouros statue, that was found at the Themistoclean Wall, at Kerameikos in Athens. The relief dates back to 510 BC. The relief representation is made of copper with natural oxidation, on linen passpartou, mounted on a wooden frame.
Dimensions: 39 cm x 26,5 cm x 1,5 cm
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In ancient Greece, exercise played an important role in the life of the Greeks. In fact, training was the most important part of the youths' education. The ideal citizen had trained body and a sharp mind. The young Greeks were trained basically in the form of rivalry. The Greeks were the first ones to use exercise as sports and not only as military preparation. They also used sports for therapeutic purposes.
According to an interpretation, the representation is a game for teens, called episkyros. The goal of the game was to eliminate, one after the other, the rivals who had gone beyond the ground lines or had not caught the ball.
The relief from the base of the kouros statue is displayed in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
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