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Terracotta squat lekythos (oil flask)

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 450–430 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
Diameter: 4 3/16 × 1 3/4 × 3 7/16 in. (10.6 × 4.5 × 8.7 cm) Height: 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel G. Ward, 1875
Accession Number:
75.2.9
Not on view
This type of lekythos must have been commonly used by women, because examples are often decorated with scenes such as this.
Said to have been found in 1872 in Alimos, Athens

Said to have been found on January 20, 1872, in Alimos, Athens; briefly, with Professor Athanasios Sergiou Rhousopoulos, Athens; by 1874, purchased by Samuel G. Ward from Prof. A.S. Rhousopoulos, Athens; acquired 1875, gift of Samuel G. Ward.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1895. The Terracottas and Pottery of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in Halls 4 and 15. no. 1776, p. 131, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1907. "Three Vases in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Illustrating Women's Life in Athens." American Journal of Archaeology, 11(4): pp. 420-2, fig. 4.

Wolters, Paul. 1913. "Ein Salbgefäss aus Tarent." Münchner Jahrbuch der bildenden Kunst, 8: p. 88, fig. 5.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 126, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen. 1924. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections. pp. 42, 44, fig. 53, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Philippart, Hubert. 1927-1928. "Deux coupes attiques à fond blanc du Musée du Cinquantenaire à Bruxelles." Monuments et mémoires publiés par l'Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres, 29: p. 115-6, fig. 4.

Klein, Anita Elizabeth. 1932. Child Life in Greek Art. p. 17, n 229, New York: Columbia University Press.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 48-49, fig. 60, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Zevi, Elena. 1938. "Scene di gineceo scene di idillio nei vasi greci della seconda metà del secolo quinto." Atti della Reale Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. Ser. 6. Memorie della Classe di Scienze morali, storiche e filologiche, 6: p. 316.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 48-49, fig. 60, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Schauenburg, Konrad. 1976. "Erotenspiele 1. Teil." Antike Welt, : p. 51, n. 93.

Schmidt, Regine. 1977. Die Darstellung von Kinderspielzeug und Kinderspiel in der griechischen Kunst. pl. 1, Vienna: Selbstverlag des Österreichischen Museums für Volkskunde.

Gould, D. W. 1980. "The Uncertain Fate of a Princely Diversion: An Historical Survey of Tops." Expedition, 22(3): p. 43, fig. 1.

Neils, Jenifer, John H. Oakley, and Katherine Hart. 2003. Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past no. 77, p. 270, New Haven: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College.

Dasen, Veronique. 2016. "Jeux de l’amour et du hasard en Grèce ancienne." kernos: Revue internationale et pluridisciplinaire de religion grecque antique, 29: p. 85, fig. 2.

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