prize/trophy / Panathenaic amphora
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.
- Made in: Attica
- Excavated/Findspot: Vulci
- (Europe,Italy,Lazio,Viterbo (province),Vulci)
- Height: 63.5 centimetres
Inscription ContentΤΟΝΑΘΕΝEΘΕΝΑΘΛΟΝ (των 'Aθη'νηθεν άθλων)
Inscription TranslationOne of the prizes from Athens
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.
1980 5 Jun- 26 Oct, London, BM, The Ancient Olympic Games
Repaired and restored.
Greek & Roman Antiquities
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Object reference number: GAA9742
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