This page includes information that may not reflect the current views and values of the Penn Museum.
Attic Black Figure Olpe
ca. 540-520 BC
Italy, with an Etruscan inscription on underside of foot
Three soldiers are shown fighting, while spectators stand to either side. Since the soldiers wear helmets and greaves and carry shields but are otherwise unarmed, they may be performing a ritual dance. However, artistic imprecision may provide a simpler and more likely explanation for the discrepancy.
H. 21.7; Dia. 13.0 cm. UM neg. 41132
© Copyright 2002