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prize/trophy / Panathenaic amphora

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  • Description

    Pottery: black-figured Panathenaic amphora. Designs black on red panels, with incised lines and purple and white accessories. On the obverse the panel is continuous with the neck of the vase; on the reverse it is separated by a black border. On the neck, double honeysuckle pattern.
    (a) Athene to left, between two Doric columns, each surmounted by a cock; left foot advanced, brandishing her lance in right hand; long hair, long sleeveless chiton with purple spots, and aegis with scales and fringe of snakes, the folds of the chiton being indicated; high-crested helmet with purple fillet, and on left arm a shield with the device of Pegasos to left, painted white. Inscribed.
    (b) Chariot-race: A biga driven at full speed to right; its driver is bearded, with close-fitting white drawers, and bends forward, holding reins in right hand and goad in left; his feet rest on a footboard suspended from the pole.


  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 500BC-480BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 63.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        ΤΟΝΑΘΕΝEΘΕΝΑΘΛΟΝ (των 'Aθη'νηθεν άθλων)
      • Inscription Translation

        One of the prizes from Athens
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    De Witte, Descr. No. 161; Stephani, Compte-Rendu, 1876, p. 49; Ann. dell' Inst., 1877, p. 300.
    The biga is shaped like that on the Burgon vase, BM Vase, B130, with square antyx, but the wheels have four spokes.

  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 570 bibliographic details
    • Vase B131 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 1 III H e Pl. 1, 2 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history


    1980 5 Jun- 26 Oct, London, BM, The Ancient Olympic Games

  • Condition

    Repaired and restored.

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  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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Pottery: black-figured Panathenaic amphora: Athena; reverse: mule cart.

Pottery: black-figured Panathenaic amphora: Athena; reverse: mule cart.

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