Attic black-figure Panathenaic amphora showing Athena Promachos, and athletes in a foot race on the back - ROM2013_13755_2

ROM2013_13755_2

Attic black-figure Panathenaic amphora showing Athena Promachos, and athletes in a foot race on the back

Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted with incised detail.
Geography: Made in Athens, Greece; findspot unknown.
Date: c. 525-500 BC
Period: Greek Archaic Period
Dimensions:
62.2 x 41.6 cm
Object number: 915.24
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece
DescriptionOn one side is the usual image for this type of vase. Athena armed with shield and spear faces left. This is the Athena Promachos (literally "Athena who stands in the front line of battle"). On either side of her are columns surmounted by cocks. There are no inscriptions beside the columns. On the other side are four naked athletes competing in a foot race, showing that this amphora was a prize for the victor of the foot race in the Panathenaic Games.
Collection:
Greek World
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