Side B: boxer on left, upper half

Side B: boxer on right, upper half

Side B: boxer on left

Side A: trainer, upper half

Side B: oblique from left

Side B: trainer

Collection: University Museum, University of Pennsylvania
Summary: Side A: pentathalon scene with three figuresSide B: boxing contest with four figures
Ware: Chalcidian Black Figure
Context: Said to be from Greek Islands
Date: ca. 530 BC - ca. 500 BC

H. 0.295 m., D. body 0.17 m., D. base 0.092 m.

Primary Citation: ABV, 482, 1
Shape: Neck amphora
Region: Greece
Period: Archaic

Date Description:

Date was listed as "late 6th c."


Irregular firing has left the black glazed areas red in spots; see the left figure on side B and the third figure from the left on side A. The vase shows some wear and small gouges; the white paint on the diskos is particularly worn.

Decoration Description:

Side A: pentathalon scene with three figures. The naked and bearded athlete on the left, an acontist, faces right holding two javelins upright in his left hand, his right hand on his hip. The central athlete, who is also naked and bearded, again faces right, swinging a large, white diskos, his weight back on his right leg as he gets ready to throw. His left arm is raised in the air for balance. The right-hand figure, probably the trainer, is bearded and wears a long cloak which is fastened on his left shoulder, leaving his right arm and shoulder bare. He is facing the two athletes, and holds a long stick.

Side B: boxing contest with four figures. In the center of the scene are two naked, bearded men, fists raised against each other. Both men wear himantes around their fists and little caps. To their left is a bearded man, fully clothed, who faces right and holds a stick toward them; he may be their trainer. On the right, a nude, beardless youth faces left toward the contest; he is wearing a band around his head and holds a bunch of himantes in his right hand. The hair and beards of the figures are painted red.

Collection History:

The vase was collected by Tewfik Pasha, Khedive of Egypt. After his death it was sold in Constantinople. In 1896 in was purchased by H.V. Hilprecht for the University Museum, Philadelphia.