Bronze figure of a running girl


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

In the Greek world it was very unusual for women to take part in sport, and so a depiction of a girl competing in a running race is rare. The appearance of this young woman corresponds well with an ancient description of the girls who ran in the Heraia, the games held in honour of Hera at Olympia. These games were separate from the Olympics, which were staged in honour of Zeus, and held at a different time of year. They consisted solely of a sprint, with three heats for girls of different ages. Women


  • Title: Bronze figure of a running girl
  • Date Created: -520/-500
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 114.00mm; Width: 90.00mm; Depth: 22.00mm; Weight: 167.00g
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: cast
  • Subject: athletics/running; classical sport
  • Registration number: 1876,0510.1
  • Production place: Made in Laconia
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Prizren
  • Period/culture: Archaic Greek
  • Material: bronze
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Seraphine

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