(Greek, c. 500–475 BC)
Diameter: 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in.); height: 29.7 cm (11 11/16 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2022.42
Find spot: Reportedly found at Gela in Sicily
Athena’s skin, typically painted white on black-figure vases, here remains black atop the white ground.
The helmeted war goddess Athena strides forward on this oil vessel, raising her spear and a round shield emblazoned with a red snake. Flanked by two cocks, her pose recalls that on Panathenaic prize vases, the large black-figure amphorae awarded to athletic and equestrian victors in the Panathenaic Games. Beside the roosters stand two bearded, wreathed men, each holding a forked stick. Inscriptions identify the men as hieropoioi (doers of sacred things), officials charged with administration of sacred ceremonies and contests.
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