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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Painter of Munich 2335
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 440 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; white-ground
Dimensions:
H. 11 9/16 in. (29.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchased by subscription, 1899
Accession Number:
99.13.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Two women at a tomb

Although tomb scenes do not usually depict activity, it appears that the woman at the left is about to tie another fillet around the shaft of the monument. The figure on the right holds a situla (bucket) and an alabastron (perfume vase). Representations such as this one are invaluable for showing how specific shapes were used. The situla is quite rare under all circumstances.
Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1169, no. 140, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Tiverios, Michalis A. 1989. Perikleia Panathenaia: A Krater of the Painter of Munich 2335. p. 95, Thessalonikē: Andromeda Oxford Limited.

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