Dartmouth c.959.53PANATHENAIC AMPHORA
Lent by the Trustees of Dartmouth College; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Winfield Smith (c.959.53)
Height: 24 1/2 in. (62.2 cm.)
Broken and repaired.
Side A: same as Yale 1909.12. Athena's shield device is a Gorgoneion; around the rim are closely set red dots. Side B: wrestlers. A judge stands on the left holding a forked stick which he uses to score any infractions of the rules. On the right, two nude wrestlers. Each wrestler has tried to seize his opponent by the neck, but the one on the left has not been quick enough; his opponent has grasped him just below the elbow (D. von Bothmer, "A Panathenaic Prize Amphora," Dartmouth Alumni Bulletin [June, 1959] 24-25). On the neck, lotus-palmette chain; below the neck, framed tongues alternately red and black. Red, side A: edges of Athena's drapery, dots around rim of shield, wings of cocks. Side B: wreath of judge. White: Athena's flesh and shield device.
Attributed to the Berlin Painter [Bothmer] ca. 500 - 475 B. C. In his publication of this amphora D. von Bothmer points to the painter's understanding of corporeal perspective as exhibited by his figures. "The bodies are no longer composed of straight front views and straight profiles, joined together in the inorganic manner of early archaic art." (ibid. 25) The Berlin Painter, also primarily a red-figure artist, painted eight known Panathenaic amphorae.