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Stamp of Olympics » Olympic Statues Statues: Athlete in bronze holding up an Olympic winner's wreath
Lot 10073
Olympics » Olympic Statues
Price realised
100 EUR
Estimate
200 EUR
Auction date
Tue 27 Oct 2020 at 09:30 (Europe/Zurich)
Description:
Statues: Athlete in bronze holding up an Olympic winner’s wreath, 28.5cm tall, mounted on marble plinth 10cm x 10cm, crack on left shoulder, an attractive showpiece

Note: The olive wreath also known as kotinos (Greek: κότινος),was the prize for the winner at the ancient Olympic Games. It was a branch of the wild olive tree that grew at Olympia, intertwined to form a circle or a horse-shoe. The branches of the sacred wild-olive tree near the temple of Zeus were cut by a “pais amfithalis” (a boy whose parents were both alive) with a pair of golden scissors. Then he took them to the temple of Hera and placed them on a gold-ivory table. From there, the Hellanodikai (the judges of the Olympic Games) would take them, make the wreaths and crown the winners of the Games.