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Terracotta Panathenaic prize amphora

Attributed to the Kleophrades Painter

ca. 525–500 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 25 in. (63.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
  • Description

    Obverse, Athena
    Reverse, chariot race

    In addition to stylistic criteria, the device of a flying horse on Athena's shield suggests an attribution to the Kleophrades Painter. The motif seems particularly appropriate here because the artist conveys the speed of the chariot by the position of the horses who appear to be flying over the ground.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed "one the prizes from Athens"

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Cumae or Agrigento (Von Bothmer 1963, CVA, fasc. 3, p. 35)

    Said to have been found in Cumae or Agrigento; [afterwards, with Tom and Ignazio Virzi, Palermo]; purchased from T. and I. Virzi by Edward Perry Warren; [until 1907, with E.P. Warren]; acquired in 1907, purchased from E.P. Warren.

  • References

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    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 80.

    Beazley, John D. 1918. Attic Red-Figured Vases in American Museums. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, p. 44, fig. 25.

    Hoppin, James C. 1919. A Handbook of Attic Red-Figure Vases, Vol. 2. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, no. 31, p. 146.

    Schmidt, Eduard. 1922. Archaistische Kunst in Griechenland und Rom. München: B. Heller, p. 72, A3.

    Beazley, John D. 1925. Attische Vasenmaler des rotfigurigen Stils. Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr, p. 75.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1927. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: Gilliss Press, p. 93.

    Beazley, John D. 1929[mphora
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    Beazley, John D. 1933. Der Kleophrades Maler, Bilder griechischer Vasen, Vol. 6, John D. Beazley and Paul Jacobsthal, eds. Berlin: H. Keller, no. 84, p. 29.

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    van Alfen, Peter. 2004. A Simple Souvenir: Coins and Medals of the Olympic Games. New York: American Numismatic Society, p. 3-4, 36, fig. 1.

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    Lyons, Claire, Michael Bennett, and Clemente Marconi. 2013. Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, p. 88, fig. 49.

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