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Terracotta Panathenaic prize amphora

Attributed to a painter of the Kittos Group
ca. 366/365 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. with lid 34 in. (86.3 cm); H. without lid 27 3/4 in. (70.5 cm); diameter of mouth 9 in. (22.9 cm); diameter of foot 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.171.6a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Athena
Reverse, footrace

Official prize amphorae in the Panathenaic games are always identified by an inscription. Beginning in the early fourth century B.C., an additional inscription gives the name of the archon, the civil magistrate during whose tenure the oil for the succeeding festival was harvested. Because other sources provide the dates of their tenures, the vases can be dated exactly. The archon named here is Polyzelos, who held office in 367/366 B.C. This vase is also important for having its lid.
Inscription: Inscribed "one of the prizes from Athens" and "Polyzelos archon"
Said to be from Benghazi in Cyrenaica, North Africa

Watts, Edith Whitney. 1965. Archaeology: Exploring the Past. pp. 38-9, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 177, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Nike, no. 183, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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. 104, fig. 4.011, Basel: Vereinigung der Freunde antiker Kunst.

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