The youth crouches on his heels, balancing on the toes. His upper body stoops forward in a twisted position, the head and the arms (now lost) were once raised, perhaps in defence. The left arm reached forward, the right was raised high. The interpretation of the gesture in itself is uncertain, the torso must have formed part of a group. The torso is named after Ilioneus, the youngest son of Niobe, but it is not certain that the statue depicts a Niobid. The nudeness, the strained muscles, and the vivid posture all speak against this identification. It may also be the torso of a wrestler or an athlete.