Red-Figure Lekythos (Storage Vessel) (Primary Title)

attributed to, Phiale Painter (Artist)

440-435 BC
Greek (Attic)
14" H x 4 1/2" W, at shoulder (35.56 cm. H x 11.43 cm. W, at shoulder)

“The rules regard jumping as the most difficult of the competitions, and they allow the jumper to be given advantages in rhythm by the use of the flute, and in weight by use of the halter. This is a sure guide for the hands and leads to a clear and firm landing on the ground.” – Philostratos, On Gymnastics

The weights held by the boy were used to provide greater forward momentum in the long jump, one of three field events in the ancient pentathlon.

Loan by an anonymous patron

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