One Panathenaic amphora from the Classic Period 450 B.C.The vases are covered with scenes from everyday life and human figures like gods or goddesses and their companions. Handmade and hand painted at our workshop.
Dimensions: 15cm x 21cm
Panathenaic amphorae were the amphora, large ceramic vessels, that contained the olive oil given as prizes in the Panathenaic Games. Some were ten gallons and 60-70 cm high. This oil came from the sacred grove of Athena at Akademia. The amphorae which held it had the distinctive form of tight handles, narrow neck and feet, and they were decorated with consistent symbols, in a standard form using the black figure technique, and continued to be so, long after the black figure style had fallen out of fashion. Some Panathenaic amphorae depicted Athena Promachos, goddess of war, advancing between columns brandishing a spear and wearing the aegis, and next to her the inscription τον αθενεθεν αθλον “(one) of the prizes from Athens”. On the back of the vase was a representation of the event for which it was an award. Sometimes roosters are depicted perched on top of the columns. The significance of the roosters remains a mystery. Later amphorae also had that year’s archon’s name written on it making finds of those vases archaeologically important.
The vases were commissioned by the state from the leading pottery workshops of the day in large numbers. Their canonical shape was set by 530 BCE, but the earliest known example is the Burgon amphora (British Museum, B130), which depicts Athena’s owl nestling on the neck of the vase and on the reverse is a synoris team.