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 around the 16th century BC. This fresco depicts two youths boxing, perhaps as part of a ritual sport rather than for a competitive match. They wear a belt and a loin cloth with a boxing glove only on
their right hand. Their hair is long with shaved parts – a sign of youth. The boy on the left wears a surprising amount of jewellery, whilst his opponent wears none.
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