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Minoan art. Greece. 16th century B. C. Fresco of boxing kids

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Minoan art. Greece. 16th century B. C. Fresco of boxing kids

Minoan art. Greece. 16th century B.C. Fresco of boxing kids. Fight between two teens provided with gloves and a belt. Painted stucco. Room B1 from Akrotiri (Thera). (1550-1500 BC). National Archaeological Museum. Athens. Greece

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This stunning 16th century B.C. Minoan fresco, discovered in Room B1 of the ancient city of Akrotiri on the island of Thera (now Santorini), Greece, depicts an engaging scene of two teenage boys engaged in a boxing match. The fresco, now housed in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, is a testament to the advanced civilization and cultural sophistication of the Minoans. The boys, both wearing protective gloves and a belt, are shown in profile, their muscular forms and determined expressions conveying the intensity and focus of the combat. The intricate details of the painting, executed in stucco, reveal the skill and artistry of the Minoan artists. Boxing was a popular sport in ancient Minoan society, as evidenced by the numerous depictions of boxers in Minoan art. The sport was likely part of religious and social ceremonies, as well as a form of physical training and competition. The discovery of this fresco, along with other artifacts and ruins at Akrotiri, provides valuable insights into the daily life and cultural practices of the Minoans. The vibrant colors and dynamic composition of the painting continue to captivate and inspire scholars and visitors alike, offering a glimpse into the rich history and artistic achievements of this ancient civilization.

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