Apoxyomenos in Greek language means “one who scrapes himself”. This term describes a statue of an athlete who, after training, removes sweat and dust with a sickle-shaped tool. There are only nine of them in the world, and this Croatian is the best preserved.
It was found in 1999 in the sea near the island of Mali Lošinj at the depth of 45 meters.
The statue of an unknown author is made of bronze, it is 192 centimeters high, and dates somewhere between the 2nd and 1st century BC. Carbon dating discovered that the statue was already antique when it ended up in the sea, 200 to 300 years after it was created. Since the remains of the shipwreck were not found, it is assumed that it was deliberately thrown from the ship probably because the ship sailed into a storm.
Today it is exposed in Apoxyomenos museum on Mali Lošinj island.