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Two fragments of a Panathenaic prize amphora (jar)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
late 6th–early 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
4 5/8 × 8 3/16 × 3/8 in. (11.8 × 20.8 × 0.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.11.1a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Athena
Reverse, driver seated in a mule cart

The chariot race was the primary but not the only event for wheeled vehicles in the Panathenaic games. Existing evidence indicates that a race for mule carts existed at the end of the sixth century B.C.; how long it lasted is not known. As this piece shows, a major difference between a cart and a chariot race is that the driver of a cart was seated.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1986. "One Hundred Sixteenth Annual report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1985 through June 30, 1986." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 116: p. 29.

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