The frieze depicts three fully armed hoplites in a training situation. On the left the naked trainer holding a staff, the arm raised while giving some instructions.
The warriors wear crested helmets and safeguard themselves behind heavy shields and thrust with their spears.
Hoplites were free citizens of ancient Greek cities able to afford the required bronze armor suit and their weapons. They generally received basic military training.
Red dots as shield devices. Applied red for the details on the armor and the thin ground line.
On the shoulder hanging lotus buds with dots in the interstices. Tongue pattern above.
Athens, Little Lion Class, 500 BC
H. 12.6 cm (5 in)
Superb condition with brilliant black glaze. Missing mouth restored. A hole on the back side closed, a craze starting from there fixed.
From an old English collection. Thence auction house in Chichester, England. (data to the buyer)
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.