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97.
Victory dedication of the
prytaneis of Kekropis IG II2 1743 Athens, AM 3367 + 2542 + EM 8024 1st-2nd q. 4th c. Plate 51

Four joining fragments, all from Akropolis. Part of left edge preserved. Relief bordered on left by 0.05 wide anta supporting entablature with pediment, below by 0.10 wide moulding consisting of two taeniae and ovolo inscribed with heading. Surface worn. White, medium-grained marble. AM 3367 + 2542: p.h. 0.66, p.w. 0.49 (relief), th. 0.145, relief h. 0.025; EM 8024: p.h. 0.38, p.h. of relief 0.155, p.w. 0.49 (relief), 0.42 (inscription), th. 0.14 (relief), 0.11 (inscription), relief h. 0.03, h. of letters 0.017 (line 1), 0.009 (lines 2 ff.).

The inscription is a dedication of the prytaneis of Kekropis after they had been voted the best prytaneis of the year. It was probably dedicated in the heroon of Kekrops on the Akropolis. On the left stands Athena, her right hand resting on the rim of her shield. Her missing left hand was probably raised and held a painted spear. She wears a Corinthian helmet and a himation thrown over her left shoulder. Next to her on the right is Nike, preserved only from the waist down; the bottom of her wing is visible against the relief ground behind her. She turns in three-quarter view toward the right, probably crowning the small male figure next to her, who represents the prytaneis. His nude legs suggest that he wore a short chiton, dress inappropriate for the prytaneis but suitable for victors in military contests (cf. no. 150). Behind him on the right is their prize, a large hydria, and above and behind it two horizontal lines, perhaps the top of an altar. The restored width of the inscription indicates that there was enough room on the right for another figure, perhaps Kekrops (cf. no. 138).

The style of Athena's drapery, in particular the broad and simplified yet still clinging expanse of her himation, resembles that of the figure on the Athenian alliance with Chios of 384/83 (no. 19), of Athena on the relief of the alliance with Korkyra of ca. 375 (no. 96), and of an unidentified female figure in a relief from a document that concerned Aphytis (no. 104). Meritt and Traill suggested a date in the second quarter of the century because one of the prytaneis listed participated in the dedication of a statue of Aphrodite shortly before 360 (IG II2 2820, line 5).

K. S. Pittakys, ArchEph (1840) 928 no. 931; ArchEph (1842) 549 no. 931, fig. 931 (drwg.); Rangabé II, 793 no. 1246, 799 no. 1254; IG II 866; Sybel, 446 no. 7198; O. Walter, ÖJhBeibl 14 (1911) 59-60; Walter, Beschreibung, 38-39 no. 55, fig. 55; Svoronos, 667 no. 442, pl. 217.2; Raubitschek, Dedications from the Athenian Acropolis (1949) 191; B. D. Meritt and J. S. Traill, Agora XV: Inscriptions: The Athenian Councillors (1974) 29-30 no. 7; Kron, Phylenheroen, 101-2, 262 K33; LIMC VI, 1089 no. 40, s.v. Kekrops (I. Kasper-Butz, I. Krauskopf).

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