The boxing boys fresco is one of many well preserved frescoes from the island of Thera (Santorini). Thera was destroyed by a violent volcanic eruption, probably in the 16th century BC, preserving much of the art there.
The crossing of the blows helps make the action more natural and realistic. The boy on the right has landed a hook, but has exposed himself to the right jab of is opponent.
Thera, 1550-1500 BC. National Museum, Athens.
(24 x 34 cm)
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