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Pottery: black-figured krater. Designs in black on red panels, with borders of ivy down the sides; accessories of white and purple. Round the upper edge of the lip, lotus-buds, and on the top of the handles, palmettes; round front of lip, two rows of ivy-leaves.
(a) Athletes: On the right an auletes (flute player) to left, bearded, with fillet and embroidered himation, playing the double flute; by his side a nude bearded figure with fillet kneels to left, laying down poles (or fixing a thong to a javelin?), one of which he holds in his hand. Facing the first is a nude bearded figure holding up a diskos in both hands, which he is about to throw. On the left are two similar figures to left, wearing fillets; one is running, looking back, and holding three spears (?); the other is about to hurl a spear.
(b) Quadriga advancing to left, in which are a warrior with visored helmet, two spears, and shield painted white, with device of a dolphin with wing-shaped fin, and a charioteer, of whom all that can be seen is his Boeotian shield. In front of the horses is a warrior retreating to left looking back, bearded and fully armed, with two spears, and shield with device of a bull's head.
- Production date
Height: 36.83 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
The register states that the kneeling athlete is laying down poles 'for eskammena (?)'. This (from the verb 'skapto - to dig') probably refers to the marked and sanded competition area, or 'skamma', on which wrestlers and other athletes competed.
- On display (G69/dc24)
- Exhibition history
1980 5 Jun- 26 Oct, London, BM, The Ancient Olympic Games
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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