Object: Crouching man

Crouching man body cast
Large Palaestra, Pompeii
This victim of Vesuvius was discovered during excavations at the southern walkway of Pompeii’s Large Palaestra, or athletics ground. When he died the man was wearing boots and a hooded cloak. He had covered his mouth with the edges of the cloak as the toxic fumes and volcanic ash overcame him.
Where was this found?
Relation to Daily Life in Pompeii

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