Oil and stone, 8 x 6 inches.
This painting is based on the Akrotiri Boxer Fresco found in Santorini in 1967. After an earthquake, Akrotiri was covered in a thick layer of pumice and ash, which preserved a number of frescoes including this one. It has generally been perceived as two young boys fighting, because males were usually painted red and females white. However, this assumption has been based on females being more confined then males and that their resulting paleness was more beautiful. It has also been associated with the female mysteries, however as the children are prepubescent and girls did box and bullfight, I believe the figure wearing the hoop earring is a girl - hoop earrings were traditionally worn by females!