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Antiquity Print, Table of Olympic Games in Gold and Ivory by Colotes, Ancient Greek Artifacts


Table des Jeux Olympiques en Or et Ivoire par Colotè, Pl. XXIV, Pag. 360
[Table of Olympic Games in Gold and Ivory by Colotes]

Paris: Late 18th century
Hand-colored engraving
12 x 9 inches, plate mark
19.25 x 12.5 inches, overall

Illustration of an ivory and gold table in the Temple of Hera at Olympia and related artifacts, on which were placed the laurel wreaths destined to crown winners of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece. This depiction recreates what it might have looked like based on a description of the sacred objects in the temple as recorded by the Greek historian Pausanias (fl. c. 160 CE). Pausanias attributed the table to the Greek sculptor Colotes and described it as being decorated with a frieze of gold bas reliefs depicting mythological figures of gods and goddesses, including Hera, Zeus, Hermes, Apollo and Artemis.

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Subtitle: Restitutée d’après la description de Pausanias LIV. V. CHAP. XX. [Reconstructed after the description of Pausanias, Book V, Chapter XX.]

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear, soft creases.


Halsall, Paul. “Ancient History Sourcebook: Pausanias (fl. c. 160 CE).” Fordam University. October 1998. (9 July 2012).

Jones, W.H.S. (trans.) “Pausanias, Description of Greece, Book 5 — Elis (Chapter 20).” Online at Greece Travel Blog. (9 July 2012).