Wrestling is literally one of the oldest sports, and it’s only natural to assume that there have been artists and chroniclers keeping track of this sport for thousands of years. Whether it was through carvings in caves found in southern Europe dating back 15,000 to 20,000 years old. Or Sumerians capturing wrestlers on stone slabs more than 5,000 years ago. In China, they developed a wrestling style called Shuai Jiao which has over 4,000 years of history. It was a popular sport in Egypt too, adorning the tombs of kings dating back to 2500 B.C., but no archaeological find has depicted wrestling more perfectly than in the temple-tombs of Beni Hasan in middle Egypt. When speaking of wrestling though, you can not leave out Greece and Greco-Roman Wrestling featured as one of the earliest Olympic sports. It’s easy to say that there’s art spanning decades showcasing this sport in all its glory. During my research I found so many amazing examples of wrestling art that it was hard to narrow them down to the few below, so I hope you’ll continue this exploration into the rich and fascinating world of wrestling with your own research – there’s more to see! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did finding it for you!
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