Silver-plated brass relief plaque with marble base, depicting an Olympic Game, the Chariot race, held at Ancient Olympia. We designed for you a unique sculpture, inspired by the performances of sports on black-figure vases, which we then placed on a greek black marble with white and grey waters.
Dimensions: 7cm x 11cm x 3,5cm
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The equestrian events were the most prestigious competitions in the Olympic Games. According to mythology, the earliest chariot race was between Pelops and Oinomaos, the king of Pisa. In addition, Homer includes the chariot race among the funeral games organized by Achilles in honor of Patroclus. Poseidon was the patron deity of the equestrian competitions.
The equestrian events included the horse races and the chariot races and took place in the Hippodrome. Chariot racing has its origins from the warlike manner of the Achaeans. The chariot races were the tethrippon, the synoris, the tethrippon for foals, the synoris for foals and the apene, which was a chariot race for two mules, that was organized at Olympia for the first time in 500 BC. The race for mules was abolished in 444 BC.
The owners of the horses and the chariots did not participate in person, but a paid servant drove in their place. Nevertheless the owners were proclaimed as victors.
The black-figured vase with the representation of the apene is kept in the British Museum in London.
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