Boxing boys (detail) from the prehistoric city of Akrotiri 1600B.C
found in the “building beta” room beta1,south wall.
The figures have been painted on the white ground of the plaster. The head of each figure is partially shaven (painted blue) with two long tresses at the back and two small locks of hair just above the brow.
The children apparently wore jewellery, such as ear-rings,necklaces,bracelets and anklets,as well as a boxing glove on the right hand and a girdle around the waist.
Dimensions : Height 1.80 m Width 0.94 m
Location of the original : National Archaeological Museum of Athens
Materials and technique: The wall-painting is made of handmade lime plaster canvas which is glued on enhanced double seawood. The technique used is the ancient fresco with the original earth colours.The missing pieces of the original are being attributed with the same plaster used for the restoration of the originals.The special finishing applied makes the wall-painting resistant to dust and moisture as well as it ensures longevity without further maintenance, either when the wall-painting is hanged on the wall or built in the wall.