A figure of an athlete cleaning himself. After their exercises, athletes washed by oiling their bodies and then scraping the dirt and sweat off with a curved tool (strigil). Soap had not been invented.
Apoxyomenos (the `Scraper`) is one of the conventional subjects of ancient Greek votive sculpture; it represents an athlete, caught in the familiar act of scraping sweat and dust from his body with the small curved instrument that the Romans called a strigil. The most renowned Apoxyomenos in Classical Antiquity was that of Lysippos of Sikyon, th.....Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apoxyomenos
(from the article `Lysippus`) ...not one has been preserved, nor is there a completely reliable copy. There are, however, a few copies that may be ascribed to him with some ...Found on http://www.britannica.com/eb/a-z/a/89
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