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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Pagenstecher Class
Period:
Late Classical
Date:
mid-4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, probably Paestan
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 18 1/8 in. (46 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.223
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
The Judgment of Paris

Among the rare black-figure works made in Southern Italy, lekythoi of this distinctive shape were produced in Paestum, Campania, and Sicily. The scene features Hermes, whose pose and articulation surely reflect a bronze sculpture. The fluent drawing and incision of the figures were heightened with details in white that has now worn off.
Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Eros, no. 912, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Paridis iudicium, no. 59, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 175, pp. 155, 437, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mertens, Joan R. 2013. "Some Notes on the Metropolitan Museum's Pagenstecher Lekythos." Amilla. The Quest for Excellence. Studies Presented to Guenter Kopcke in Celebration of His 75th Birthday pp. 415-21, figs. 30.1, 30.2.

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