Two athletes; lampadedromia.

Red-figure bell-crater. Apulia.
Clay. First half of the 4th century BCE.
Height 21 cm.
Inv. No. IV 3734.

Vienna, Museum of Art History, Collection of Classical Antiquities
(Kunsthistorisches Museum)

Origin:
Unknown.
Description:
On the vase, a lampadedromia is represented. Two young athletes are running towards their goal. In this relay race, the first to reach the altar renewed the sacred fire, which had become impure. Although this race had religious origins, it lost its religious associations yet remained successful as a sports event.
After the creation of the cult festival in honour of Hephaistos in 421420 BC, scenes of torch races appear frequently on Greek vases.
D. Vanhove
Literature:
K. Gschwantler W. Oberleitner, Götter, Heroen, Menschen Antikes Leben im Spiegel der Kunst (Vienna, 1974) no. 250 p. 79. F. Eichler, CVA Oesterreich 3, Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum III (Vienna, 1974) I, pi. 138, 12 and p. 36. A. Bernard Walcher Mag. Johann Lehner, Alltag, Feste, Religion Antikes Leben aufgriechischen Vasen (Vienna, 1991) no. 9 p. 58.
Credits:
1993. Photo, text: OLYMPISM IN ANTIQUITY. Olympic Museum Lausanne. Bertelsmann UFA. Industria Gráfica S. A. Barcelona, 1993, p. 59 cat. no. 2.
Photographic credits I. Kitbitschka (Kunsthistorisches Museum-Vienna).
1993 Comité International Olympique.
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