FOREARM OF BOXER
positories reproduced in Fig. 349,T and recurs on the fragment of a steatite
' rhyton ' found on the North-East of the Palace site.2
In this case and, more partially, in
the next to be described, the ruddy brown
surface colouring indicative of the male
sex.has been well preserved.
This latter fragment, illustrated in
Fig. 350 a, shows the posterior surface of
a flexed left forearm with clenched hand
which overlies but does not grasp a long
taper object. A section across the upper
part is given in Fig. 350 b. A comparison
has already been suggested between the
subject of this relief and part of a fresco
panel from the ' Taureador' series depict-
ing a female performer who seems to have thrown her arm over the horn of
a coursing bull, her hand, however, being represented as clenched rather
Fig. 349. Pugilist who has over-
thrown Rival Champion : behind,
' Theatral ' Column : Seal-impression,
Fig. 350 b. Section of Arm and Taper Object on Line shown in Fig. 350 a.
than grasping it.3 In the present case, where a man is concerned, the taper
object is not so easily recognized as a horn, owing to its being tinted of the
same ruddy hue as the arm. Its decidedly straight outer outline might,
indeed, be taken to favour the view at first held that the object was a long
painted ' rhyton' like that held by the ' Cupbearer' of the Procession Fresco,4
but in that case the youth's hand is very clearly shown grasping the lower
end of the vessel.
The anatomical skill here displayed in the execution of the man's arm
is of the highest order.
1 P. ofM., i, p. 689, Fig. 509.
2 Ibid., Fig. 510.
3 See above, pp. 215, 216, and Figs. 146, 147
4 P. of M., ii, Pt. II, Coloured Plate XII,
opposite p. 707.