- Museum number
Pottery: red-figured pelike.
(a) Two runners in the lampadedromia (torch race). Beside a goal two nude wreathed ephebi converse; the one on the left leans forward, with his left foot on raised flowery ground, and rests his left arm on the thigh; from the gesture of his right hand, he seems to be addressing his companion, who stands en face, holding up in his right a burning torch, which is provided with a shield above the handle. The goal is a plain shaft on a square base, the top edge of the shaft decorated with a row of dots, below which are four nearly vertical strokes (graining ?). Above the left hand figure, ΔΙΦΙΛΟΣ, Διφίλος.
(b) Two athletes. On the left a figure as in a, holding a strigil in his right hand, moves forward towards another who stands en face, but who turns to look at him; this figure holds two hurling rods, resting on the ground, and sloped along his right arm and shoulder; his left hand rests on his hip; he is wreathed, but his companion has a fillet with a vertical piece over the forehead. Between them, ΔΙΦΙΛΟΣ, Διφίλος.
Fine graceful style. Purple fillet, wreaths, inscriptions, flame, and ground-line in a. Light brown inner markings, which are also used for graining the top of the goal. Eye in profile, with eyelash. Below each side and on the neck, a strip of egg pattern; on the lower insertion of each handle, a palmette.
- Production date
- 430BC (circa)
Height: 17.78 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Panofka, Cab. Pourt. pl. v, pp. 28-30; Brondsted, Voyages, ii, p. 287; Dubois, Descr. des ant. de Pourt. p. 70, no. 279; Zeitschr. fur vergl. Sprachf. N.F. ix, p. 407; Wernicke, Lieblingsn. p. 63, no. 2; Klein, Lieblinsinschr. p. 82; and in Oesterr. Mittheil. 1889, p. 90, note 10 a; Smith's Dict. Antiq.3 vol. ii, p. 5 a; C.I.Gr. 7812.
Style like that of BM Vase Ε81 and Ε82
A very similar scene to a is given in Ant. du Bosphore Cimm. pl. 63; cf. Jahrbuch,
1892, p. 150, where a list of such instances is collected.
- On display (G69/dc24)
- Exhibition history
1980 5 Jun- 26 Oct, London, BM, The Ancient Olympic Games
1995, Lausanne, Olympic Museum, Olympism in Antiquity
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number