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Terracotta squat lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Washing Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 430–420 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H.: 9 1/4 x 6 1/8 in. (23.5 x 15.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel G. Ward, 1875
Accession Number:
75.2.14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Youth and woman

A young man in travel attire—a petasos (broad-brimmed hat) and a cloak—stands before a woman who holds up a wreath. As the youth is also shown with a wreath, we may infer that the painter has combined two successive moments in one picture.
Said to be from the vicinity of Athens

Before 1874, excavated in the vicinity of 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. 1875. Fifth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for the Year ending May 1, 1875. p. 70, New York.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. p. 70, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1895. The Terracottas and Pottery of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in Halls 4 and 15. no. 1816, p. 133, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hambidge, Jay. 1920. Dynamic Symmetry: The Greek Vase. pp. 135-7, fig. 16, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1925. Attische Vasenmaler des rotfigurigen Stils. no. 10, p. 436, Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1936. Red-Figured Athenian Vases in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 148, pp. 184-5, pls. 149, 176, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1942. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters. no. 83, p. 747, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. no. 183, p. 1132, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Rudolph, Wolf Werner. 1971. Die Bauchlekythos : ein Beitrag zur Formgeschichte der attischen Keramik des 5. Jahrhunderts v. Chr.. p. 33, Bloomington, IN.

Moore, Mary B. 2002. "Less is More." Essays in Honor of Dietrich von Bothmer, Mr. Andrew J. Clark and Dr. Jasper Gaunt, eds. p. 235, pl. 63d, Amsterdam: Allard Pierson Stichting, Amsterdam.

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