Antica Fabricae Tabula
ca. 522 B.C.
Attributed to Rom av.JC
In Lille, archaeologists have recently discovered a jar that confirms the existence of skateboarding in Caesar’s time. Perfectly preserved, this skate jar is the first one found, that details the process of creating a board at the time. Precisely carved from a board blank, it illustrates all the stages of creation. The carpenter would start by cutting the shape from the blank board.
Another was in charge of sanding the board to obtain a smooth surface and clean edges. The eight holes for the trucks were then drilled before the illustrator was given the task of creating the design. The illustrator’s job was to create an attractive graphic design.
Title: Antica Fabricae Tabula
Artist: Attributed to Rom av.JC
Date: ca. 522 B.C.
Culture: Greek, Attic
Medium: Skateboards; black-figure
Dimensions: H. 31 1/2 in. (80 cm)
length 9 1/2 in. (24 cm)