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prize/trophy / Panathenaic amphora

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  • Description

    Pottery: Panathenaic amphora with lid. Designs in panels with accessories of buff and white; the latter faded. On the-neck, double honeysuckle.
    (a) Athene standing to right between two Doric columns, with left foot advanced, spear in right hand, and shield on left arm; she has a high-crested helmet with peak and cheek-pieces turned up, the crest supported on a double volute; aegis with Gorgoneion (much faded), long chiton with diploidion, tied at the waist, and small himation hanging from her arms; the inside of her shield is visible, with porpax (handle) and ochanon (strap), the latter ornamented with two palmettes; she has long hair, and earrings, necklace, and armlets, picked out with buff. On the column behind her is a figure of Athene to right, with high-crested helmet, long chiton and himation, holding out an object in right hand; down the side of the column is an inscription. On the other column is a similar figure to left; down the side is an inscription.
    (b) Foot-race: Three nude beardless athletes running to right, with arms bent close to their sides.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 333BC-332BC (archonship of Nikokrates)
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 67 centimetres (vase)
    • Width: 32 centimetres (vase)
    • Depth: 32 centimetres (vase)
    • Height: 17 centimetres (lid)
    • Width: 20.3 centimetres (lid)
    • Depth: 20.3 centimetres (lid)
    • Weight: 442 grammes (lid)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Content

        ΑΡΧΩΝΝΙΚΟΚΡΑΤΗΣ, "Αρχων Νίκοκράτης.
      • Inscription Translation

        (When) Nikokrates was archon.
        One of the prizes from Athens.
      • Inscription Comment

        Inscribed 'kionedon' (letters horizontal cf. vertical, but still down the column). Nikokrates was archon in 333 B.C.
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    Mon. dell’ Inst. x. 47c and 48e, 4; Ann. dell’ Inst. 1877, p. 317; Birch, Ancient Pottery, p. 430; Stephani, Compte-Rendu, 1876, p. 37.

  • Bibliography

    • Vase B609 bibliographic details
    • Old Catalogue C.118 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 1 III H f Pl. 4, 2 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    1980 5 Jun- 26 Oct, London, BM, The Ancient Olympic Games
    1995, Lausanne, Olympic Museum, Olympism in Antiquity
    2007 31 Mar-30 Jun, Gosport, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
    2007/8 3 Nov-24 Feb, Leicester, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
    2008 29 Mar-1 Jun, Luton, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
    2008 20 Jun-5 Oct, Lincoln, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
    2008/9 25 Oct-24 Jan, South Shields, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
    2009 7 Feb-4 May, Glasgow, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
    2017 13 Jul-15 Oct, Madrid, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks

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  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


Pottery: Panathenaic amphora with lid: Athena (back: foot-race).

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Pottery: Panathenaic amphora with lid: Athena (back: foot-race).

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