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Terracotta skyphos (deep drinking cup)

Attributed to the Theseus Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm) diameter 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.49
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 153
The Pankration was an athletic contest that combined boxing, wrestling, and kicking. In the surviving representations, it is not always easy to distinguish the pankration from boxing or wrestling matches. Such is the case here where the competition takes place under the eyes of a trainer and an onlooker.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 75, fig. 45, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 85, fig. 53, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 85, fig. 53, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 94, 96, 100, fig. 122, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Alexander, Christine. 1933[1925]. Greek Athletics. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 94, 96, 100, fig. 122, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 75, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Cole, Nancy. 1968. Greek Athletic Games. no. 12, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. p. 703, Add. 1, pp. 518-21, New York: Hacker Art Books.

Scheibler, Ingeborg. 2000. "Attische Skyphoi für attische Feste." Antike Kunst, 43: p. 34 n 152.

Herrmann, John and Christine Kondoleon. 2004. Games for the Gods: The Greek Athlete and the Olympic Spirit. no. 63, pp. 99, 178, Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

van Alfen, Peter. 2004. A Simple Souvenir: Coins and Medals of the Olympic Games. pp. 5-6, fig. 6, New York: American Numismatic Society.

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