Figure 2. Terracotta relief of two Mesopotamian boxers, c. 2000 B.C.E. from Eshnunna, (Modern-day Tell Asram, Iraq).
Figure 4 and 5. Boxer of Quirinal resting after contest and detail (bronze sculpture, BCE 300–200).
Figure 1. Terracotta plaque of wrestlers and boxers. Khafaji, Nintu Temple, Early dynastic Period, 3000-2340 B.C.E., Iraq Museum, Baghdad.
LATER DEPICTIONS FROM THE 2ND MILLENNIUM BC ARE FOUND IN RELIEFS FROM THE MESOPOTAMIAN NATIONS OF ASSYRIA AND BABYLONIA. (see left figure 2)
Minoan youths boxing (BCE 1500), Knossos fresco. Earliest evidence for use of gloves.
Figure 3. Egyptian boxers and stick fighters, c. 1350 B.C.E., from the Tomb of Kheruef, Thebes, Egypt.