Black-figure Neck Amphora of Panathenaic Shape (Oil Container)
circa 540 BCE
6th century BCE
27.5 cm (10 13/16 in.)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund and the James R. Dougherty, Jr. Foundation, 1980
Athena, the patron goddess of Athens, stands in a fighting pose with a spear and a round shield. Two owls perched upon Doric columns flank her. On the other side of the vessel, a man plays the double pipes for a bearded judge seated on a stool. This vase is a miniature version of the much larger containers of oil given as prizes at the Panathenaic Festival, a music and athletic contest in Athens.