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Pottery: black-figured amphora. Designs black on deep buff ground, with a band of network below; accessories of purple. Handles thin and grooved; under each, a palmette and lotus pattern.
On the neck: (a) Two wrestlers about to engage, nude and bearded. On either side a brabeus (adjudicator) looking on, bearded, with long hair, fillet, embroidered himation, and wand in hand, (b) Two athletes, nude and bearded, boxing, each with caestus (gauntlet) on both hands; both are spitting blood. On either side, a brabeus, as last.
On the body: (a) Two athletes boxing, nude and bearded, with caestus on their hands; the one on the left bleeds heavily at the nose; the other from a wound in the forehead. Between them is inscribed: NIKOΣΘENEΣEΠOIEΣEN, Νικοσθένης εποίησεν. (b) Two wrestlers, each grasping the other's right arm, nude and bearded.
- 550BC-540BC (circa)
- Made in: Attica
- (Europe,Greece,Attica (Greece))
- Excavated/Findspot: Agrigento
- (Europe,Italy,Sicily,Agrigento (province),Agrigento (town))
- Height: 21.59 centimetres
BM Cat. Vases
Musée Blacas, pl. ii. p.10-11; Panofka, Bild. Ant. Leb. pl. ii. 3, 4; Krause, Gymnastik, pl. xvii. 58, 59; Rev. Phil. ii. p. 484; Brunn, Künstlergesch. ii. p. 714; Klein, Meistersig, p. 61.
For Nicosthenes, see also Klein, Meistersig., p. 51 ff., and Brunn, Künstler-geschichte, ii. p. 709.
Not on display
1980 5 Jun- 26 Oct, London, BM, The Ancient Olympic Games
2017, 21 Apr-13 Oct, Parco Archeologico e Paesaggistico della Valle dei Templi di Agrigento, Il British alla Valle dei Templi. Capolavori dall’antica Akragas in mostra a Villa Aurea.
Greek & Roman Antiquities
Pottery: black-figured amphora showing a boxing contest. On the body: boxers wearing leather thongs bound onto the fist to form gloves are about to exchange blows; one has a nose-bleed. On the neck are wrestlers with instructors or judges standing on either side.
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Object reference number: GAA4067
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