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Pottery: black-figured Panathenaic amphora. Free style, with few archaisms. Designs on panels with accessories of white and buff. On the neck, double honeysuckle-pattern.
(a) Athene standing to right between two Doric columns, with left foot advanced, spear in right hand, and shield with wave-border on left arm. She has earrings, bracelets and a necklace of pendants, picked out in buff; high-crested helmet ornamented with volutes, and aegis, of which only the Gorgoneion and two white cross-bands remain; long chiton with diploidion, and himation. On each column is a Nike turned to the front, standing on the prow of a ship on which two eyes are incised; she has wings outspread, a wreath, white chiton, and himation leaving the upper part of the body nude, and holds out a wreath in both hands. Down the side of the column on the right is an inscription. Down the side of the other column is a further inscription.
(b) Pankration (wrestling): An athlete to right, nude and bearded, with face turned to the front, has the head of a similar athlete to left in his left arm, and is about to strike him with his right hand; the other tries to release his head. On the left is an ephedros (odd contestant with a bye to the next round), nude and beardless, turned to the front, with right hand on hip; on the right is a brabeus (adjudicator) to left, with face turned half to the front, wearing a white wreath and himation, right hand holding out a palm-branch, in left a wreath.
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Height: 77 centimetres
Weight: 6 kilograms
Width: 37.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Mon. dell' Inst. x. 47d and 48f, 5; Ann. dell’ Inst. 1877, p. 317; Bull. dell’ Inst. 1872, p. 38, no. 1; Urlichs, der Vasenmaler Brygos, p. 1; Stephani, Compte-Rendu, 1876, p. 42.
The prows of ships of which the Nikes stand may refer to a naval victory around the time of the Panathenaic games.
- On display (G20/dc1)
- Exhibition history
1980 5 Jun- 26 Oct, London, BM, The Ancient Olympic Games
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- Greek and Roman
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