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[Text from BM catalogue of vases]
Pottery Panathenaic amphora. Designs black on red panels as before, with accessories of purple, white and buff, and incised lines; obverse archaistic. Neck with double honeysuckle pattern, with elongated tongue-pattern below.
(a) Athene standing to left between two Doric columns surmounted by cocks, with right leg and arm drawn back, brandishing spear in right hand; she has a high-crested helmet with phalos and cheek-pieces turned up on either side, and aegis with scales, border of wave-pattern in white, and fringe of snakes behind; her chiton reaches below the knees, and is embroidered with white spots and borders of wave- and chevron-patterns, with star-pattern on the sleeve and a broad band down the front on which is a wreath of olive; over it is a diploidion tied at the waist and falling nearly to the knees, embroidered with white dots, and purple border. She has long hair, earrings, necklace, and bracelets; these ornaments and her features are picked out in buff. On her left arm is her shield with the group of Harmodios and Aristogeiton as device. They advance to left, the younger in front of the other; he holds out left arm covered with a chlamys, in left hand sheath, left foot advanced, right arm drawn back, as if to strike; the other advances right foot, holding right arm over head as if about to strike, in left hand a dagger; his left arm is drawn back, and by it is seen the end of a chlamys or of his sheath. The group is in white picked out with buff; both figures are nude and beardless. On the right side of the column on the left is an inscription.
(b) Two athletes exercising: Both stand to right and are nude and bearded; the first holds out left hand, in which are two spears; his body is half turned to the front, and he has right arm in front of his chest. The other holds out right hand towards him, as if conversing; his left hangs down. On the right is a paidotribes (trainer) to left, bearded, with fillet and himation leaving right shoulder bare, in right hand a palm-branch, left arm enveloped in himation.
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Height: 73.66 centimetres
- Curator's comments
On the discovery of this vase, see Rasmussen 2018, 8-9 and fig. 8 )with refs).
Rasmussen, T. 2018, ‘George Dennis: In and out of Etruria’, in J. Swaddling (ed.), An Etruscan affair: The impact of early Etruscan discoveries on European culture. British Museum research Publication 211 (London: British Museum), 4-21.
[Text from BM cat. of vases]
Mon. dell' Inst. x. 48d and 48h, 14; Ann. dell’ Inst. 1877, p. 328; Dennis, Trans. Roy. Soc. Lit. Ser. 2, ix. pt. 1, p. 171, No. 4, pl. 1; Arch. Zeit. 1869, pl. 24, 2 and p. 106; Baumeister, p. 1153; Harrison and Verrall, p. 83; Stephani, Compte-Rendu, 1876, p. 46.
The shield device is probably an imitation of the famous group by Critios and Nesiotes, Paus. i. 8, 5, and Overbeck, Gesch. d. Gr. Plastik3, vol. i. p. 119 ff.
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