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    Sale 2174

    Antiquities

    3 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 111

    AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED PSEUDO-PANATHENAIC AMPHORA

    CIRCA LATE 6TH CENTURY B.C.

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    AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED PSEUDO-PANATHENAIC AMPHORA
    CIRCA LATE 6TH CENTURY B.C.
    The obverse with Athena striding to the left between two Doric columns surmounted by cocks, the goddess clad in her peplos and aegis, armed with a high-crested helmet, a circular shield, a cock as the blazon, and a spear in her raised right hand; the reverse centered by a pair of bearded boxers striding toward each other, their fists each bound in a thong, the contestant to the left thrusting with his left, his right in the air, the contestant to the right falling back, either ducking or staggering from the blow, a bearded referee to the left draped in a himation and holding a staff, and a nude youth to the right holding a wreath in his lowered right hand; the scenes framed by a band of red and black tongues above, with rays above the foot and lotus palmette chain on the neck, details in added red and white
    17 3/8 in. (44.1 cm.) high


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    According to Neils ("Panathenaic Amphoras: Their Meaning, Makers and Markets," p. 44 in Goddess and Polis, The Panathenaic Festival in Ancient Athens) these small-scale imitations had a capacity of approximately half that of the prize amphoras. "It has been suggested that these are either wine jars for a victory celebration or commemorative vases which functioned as souvenirs for competitors at the Panathenaia." Further, "an alternative explanation is that these jars were made as export containers for the excess olive oil from the sacred trees of Athena, known as the Moriai."

    Provenance

    with Nabille Asfar, Brussels, 1983.
    with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1984.
    with Summa Galleries, Beverly Hills, mid 1980s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ALLEN E. PAULSON LIVING TRUST