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Pottery: black-figured amphora. Designs black on red ground, with incised lines. Round the top, lotus-buds.
On the neck, two similar panels: Three beardless figures to left with long hair gathered up, long chitons and himatia, holding up their right hands, beckoning (?). Between them are tall branches; below, a band of palmettes and lotus-buds. On the shoulder: (a) Three similar figures moving swiftly to left, the second looking back and beckoning to the third. Behind the first and third are water-birds to left (b) Similar figures; behind the first, a quail (?). On each side of the handles are large palmettes; below, maeander.
On the body, a continuous frieze: In the centre, two boxers confronted, nude and beardless, wearing the caestus (metal boxing gauntlets); beneath the one on the right a procoös, and between them a branch. On the right is a nude youth to left, acting as a 'second' with sponge and aryballos, behind him two beardless figures to left (hair looped up, himatia, and sandals), the first as auletes, playing the double flute, the second as a brabeus, holding a long wand. On the right are: a boy climbing a pole to right, and a bearded man to 1eft, with right arm raised, leading by the hand a small bearded figure carrying a branch; both have short chitons and sandals. Next, a diskobolos to right, nude and beardless, with hair gathered up, holding the diskos in right hand; an akontistes to right, as last, with spear brandished in both hands, and a hoplitodromos (runner wearing armour) to left with long hair, helmet with tall plume, and greaves, both hands extended. Next, on the right are carceres (gates), from which the forepart of four bridled horses and a dog are issuing to right; above is a garment on a hook. Next, six ithyphallic Satyrs, with long hair and hands raised, walking in pairs to left, followed by six Maenads walking in pairs, in long chitons, himatia, and tutuli (small bronze studs); one of each hinder pair holds a twig, and one of the last pair has face turned to front; between all these figures are branches. Next, four nude male figures to right in pairs, with hair bound up, each with crotala (castanets) in either hand; three are looking back, the fourth has head thrown back. Lastly, two beardless male figures to left, with hair bound up, chitons reaching to the knees, and himatia; each has a long knotted staff; between them are branches. Below, a row of large palmettes and lotus-flowers, and two of lotus-buds, an Etruscan imitation of the ornamentation of the Caeretan hydriae.
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Diameter: 310 millimetres
Height: 45.72 centimetres
Height: 457 millimetres
Weight: 5.50 kilograms (approx)
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
The figures resemble in drawing those on the reverse of the late Panathenaic amphorae, e.g. B 603, and the lines of the drapery rendered in a free manner.
This costume of the athlete in armour is noticeable, because in late times shields, but not greaves, were worn in this race, see B 608 and J. H. S. vii. p. 190.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2008 1 May-12 Jul, Shanghai, The Ancient Olympic Games
2008 2 Aug-31 Sep, Hong Kong, The Ancient Olympic Games
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- Greek and Roman
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