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Terracotta Panathenaic prize amphora

Attributed to the Kleophrades Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H: 25 in. (63.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
16.71
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 153
Obverse, Athena
Reverse, pankration (athletic contest) and judge

After the mid-sixth century B.C., artists' signatures do not appear on Panathenaic prize amphorae. It seems, however, that certain artists used their own "trademark" shield devices. The Kleophrades Painter favored Pegasos, the winged horse. The reverse of this vase depicts the pankration, which combined wrestling, boxing, and kicking. The inclusion of the judge may highlight the particular danger of the event to the competitors.
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Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 81, fig. 48, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 92-93, fig. 59, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 92-93, fig. 59, 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. 98, 100, fig. 124, 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. 98, 100, fig. 124, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metzger, Henri. 1951. Les représentations dans la céramique attique du IVe siècle. no. 22, pp. 24, 92, 112, Paris: E. de Boccard.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 71, 213, pl. 53b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. pp. 404, 696, no. 8, Add. 1, p. 404, New York: Hacker Art Books.

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Bentz, Martin. 1998. Panathenaische Preisamphoren: eine athenische Vasengattung und ihre Funktion vom 6.-4. Jahrhundert v. Chr., Vereinigung der Freunde antiker Kunst, Vol. 18. p. 44, fig. 5.009, Basel: Vereinigung der Freunde antiker Kunst.

Moore, Mary B. 1999. "'Nikias Made Me': An Early Panathenaic Prize Amphora in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 34: pp. 49-50, fig. 18.

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