The amphora is a fine example of the vessels presented to the winner of an event in the athletic games held every four years in Athens. On one side Athena, the patron goddess, is shown as protector, wearing an archaic form of helmet and carrying a shield and spear. On the other side four male figures are shown running, indicating that the prize was for the winner of a foot race. An inscription running vertically down the vessel records the amphora as a prize "From the games in Athens."
Artist attributed to Asteios Group, Greek
  • Panathenaic Amphora
  • Panathenaic Amphora with lid (alternate title)
Date between 375 and 370 BCE
Medium clay
Dimensions Overall (vessel): 28 × 15 1/4 inches (71.1 × 38.7 cm)
Overall (lid): 5 3/4 × 8 5/8 inches (14.6 × 21.9 cm)
Overall (with lid): 33 3/4 × 15 1/4 in. (85.7 × 38.7 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, General Membership Fund
Accession Number 50.193
Department Greco-Roman and Ancient European
On View Ancient Greek and Roman S2AA, Level 2 (see map)
Inscriptions Inscribed, vertically along left column: TONAQENEQENAQLON (a prize from the games at Athens)
found at Cyrene;
collection Richard Norton (Boston, Massachusetts, USA and Rome, Italy).
1909, loaned to Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Loan #MFA 368.09 (Boston, Massachusetts, USA).
dealer, Charles L. Morley (New York, New York, USA);
1950-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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