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Black-figure Neck Amphora of Panathenaic Shape (Oil Container)

circa 540 BCE
6th century BCE
27.5 cm (10 13/16 in.)

Anonymous Primary

Object Type: ceramic
Artist Nationality: Europe, Greek-Attic
Medium and Support: Terracotta
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund and the James R. Dougherty, Jr. Foundation, 1980
            
               Accession Number:                1980.32             
            
Object Description: Athena, the patron goddess of Athens, stands in a fighting pose with a spear and a round shield. Two owls perched upon Doric columns flank her. On the other side of the vessel, a man plays the double pipes for a bearded judge seated on a stool. This vase is a miniature version of the much larger containers of oil given as prizes at the Panathenaic Festival, a music and athletic contest in Athens.

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