- Museum number
Pottery: red-figured kylix.
Interior: Within a thin red circle, an Hoplitodromos (?) running at full speed to right, looking back: his back is to front, his shield extended to left (no device), his right arm bent and pointing downwards; his helmet is tilted back, and he wears greaves. The top of his helmet is cut off by the border. His feet rest on the border.
Exterior: (a) Ephebi arming for Hoplitodromia (race-in-armour). In the centre a youth wreathed bends forward to left, taking with both hands a shield from its case (σάγμα). On his left stands a youth already equipped like the figure in interior, holding out the crestless helmet of the central figure in his right. On the right a third youth, wreathed and wearing an himation, advances with a shield (device, a wreathed jumper holding halteres behind him, running to left) on his left arm, holding out in his right a crested helmet towards the central figure.
(b) Four beardless warriors charging. They run in single file to left, with left foot on ground, right raised; each has his spear raised horizontally over his right shoulder, and wears helmet tilted back, shield (device, a tripod on a ground-line) and greaves.
Purple is used for the wreaths; no inner markings. The shield device in a is in the regular black-figure technique, with incised lines and purple wreath: this figure runs upon a ground-line in light brown; the tripods are, as usual, in silhouette. The ear is indicated merely by a space in the hair, and has no details. Below each handle a small palmette, from which a large one branches out on each side; in b, this palmette overlaps the foremost figure on left.
- Production date
- 510BC-500BC (circa)
Diameter: 33.02 centimetres
Diameter: 328 millimetres
Height: 12.70 centimetres
Height: 125 millimetres
Weight: 1156 grammes
Width: 415 millimetres (including handles)
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
De Witte, Descr. no. 158. Murray, Designs fromGreek Vases, no. 18.
The scenes on the interior and side a must be referred to an Hoplitodromia άγενείων. Cf. the very similar scenes in Gerhard, A. V. iv, pl. 261, in which the interpretation is undoubted.
- On display (G20a/dc16)
- Exhibition history
1980 5 Jun- 26 Oct, London, BM, The Ancient Olympic Games
2008 1 May-12 Jul, Shanghai, The Ancient Olympic Games
2008 2 Aug-31 Sep, Hong Kong, The Ancient Olympic Games
2009 2 Apr-13 Oct, Alicante, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2010 30 Apr-30 Aug, Seoul, National Museum of Korea, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2010-2011 15 Oct-07 Feb, Taipei, The National Palace Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2010-201111 Mar-12 Jun, Kobe City Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2011 4 Jul-25 Sep, Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2011-2012 25 Oct-12 Feb, Mexico City, National Anthropological Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2012-2013 6 Oct-6 Jan, Portland Art Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2013 6 May-6 Oct, Dallas Museum of Art, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2014 21Feb-9 Jun, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2014 2 Aug-9 Nov, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia, The Body Beautiful in Greek Art and Thought
- Much broken.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number