H. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
diameter 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1956
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse, warrior and inscription: two obols—and hands off Reverse, man carrying a tripod
In addition to its elegant simplicity, this amphora has several features of great importance. The figure on the reverse is probably an athlete who is carrying off his prize, a bronze tripod. Greek literature provides numerous references to tripods as prizes and dedications. A representation such as this shows their scale and how such objects were carried. The inscription on the obverse permits different interpretations. An obol was a unit of weight and a coin.
Inscription: Inscribed: "two obols—and hands off"
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