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amphora

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1843,1103.69

  • Description

    Pottery: black-figured amphora. Accessories sparingly used. (a) Wrestling-match: An athlete to right is about to strike with his fist his opponent, who has fallen on right knee, and is looking back with left hand raised, as if appealing to a bearded figure behind, who stands to left, with right hand raised, holding a strap in left hand; all three are nude. On the left is a brabeus (adjudicator) to right, bearded, with large laurel-wreath on his head, himation with purple spots, in right hand a long forked stick or lygos. In the field a tree. This is probably a scene from the end of a pankration contest.
    (b) In the centre, a nude athlete to right, bearded, in right hand a diskos, which he is about to hurl; facing him is a similar athlete; on left, a paidotribes (trainer) to right, as the brabeus in (a). In the field a tree.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 515BC-500BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 44.45 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This seems to show the end of a contest in the pankration. The loser raises his right index finger to indicate submission, while the victor gets in a final blow.

  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 521 bibliographic details
    • Vase B271 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 4 III H e Pl. 67, 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G69/18

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

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

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1843

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1843,1103.69

Pottery: black-figured amphora showing the end of a contest in the pankration. The loser raises his right index finger to indicate submission, while the victor gets in a final blow.

Pottery: black-figured amphora showing the end of a contest in the pankration. The loser raises his right index finger to indicate submission, while the victor gets in a final blow.

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