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prize/trophy / Panathenaic amphora

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  • Description

    Pottery Panathenaic amphora. Obverse archaistic. Designs black on red panels, with accessories of buff and white; black varnish much worn. On the obverse the panel is continuous with neck; on the reverse it is separated by a black border. On the neck, double honeysuckle-pattern.
    (a) Athene standing to left between two Doric columns, with right leg and arm drawn back, right hand brandishing spear; she has a high-crested helmet with peak, cheek-pieces turned up, ornamented with a volute and palmette, and phalos in the shape of a volute; aegis with scales, spiral border above, and fringe of snakes in front; long chiton and diploidion tied at the waist, with white borders; long hair tied at the neck, earrings, necklace, and bracelets, these and her features being picked out with yellow; shield on left arm with star of sixteen points as device. On the left column is Triptolemos to right in his winged chariot, with a snake at the side; he has long hair and drapery over lower limbs, in right hand an ear of corn. Down the side of the column (with letters at right angles to it) is an inscription. On the other column is a similar figure to left; down the side is another inscription.
    (b) Two athletes wrestling, nude and beardless; the one on the right has right arm on the other's back, the other has left on his back, their other hands are clasped. On the left is a brabeus (adjudicator) to right, bearded, in long chiton and himation, which he holds up with left hand, in right hand a palm-branch. On the right is an ephedros (odd competitor with a bye to the next round), or perhaps a paidotribes (trainer), nude and beardless, moving away and looking back, left hand extended, in right a palm-branch.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 367BC-366BC (archonship of Polyzelos)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 64.77 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        On columns
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        Left: ΤΟΝΑΘΕΝΕΘΕΝΑΘΛΟΝ, των Άθηνήθεν άθλων
        Right: ΠΟΛΥΖΗΛΟΣΑΡΧΩΝ, Πολύζηλος άρχων
      • Inscription Translation

        Left: One of the prizes from Athens.
        Right: (when) Polyzelos was archon.
      • Inscription Comment

        Polyzelos was archon in 367 B.C.
  • Curator's comments

    BM. Cat Vases

    Mon. dell’ Inst. x. 47 and 48e, I; Ann. dell’ Inst. 1877, p. 308; Murray, Handbook of Gk. Archaeol. pl. x.; Dennis, Trans. Roy. Soc. Lit. Ser. 2, ix. pt. 1, p. 167, No. I, pl. 2; Stephani, Compte-Rendu, 1876, p. 41.

  • Bibliography

    • Vase B603 bibliographic details
    • Old Catalogue C.113 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 1 III H f Pl. 2, 2 and 5 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    1995, Lausanne, Olympic Museum, Olympism in Antiquity

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  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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Pottery Panathenaic amphora: Athena (back: wrestlers).

Pottery Panathenaic amphora: Athena (back: wrestlers).

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