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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 440–430 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; white-ground
Dimensions:
H.: 15 in. (38.1 cm) Diam.: 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1075
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Two women at tomb

The woman at left holds a kanoun, a large basket presumably containing offerings. The hare on top of the stele itself is difficult to explain. The major questions are whether it represents a living animal or an image and what it signifies. Among the possible interpretations are that the deceased enjoyed hunting hares—a well-attested pursuit—or that the animal was a pet.
Fairbanks, Arthur. 1907. Athenian Lekythoi with Outline Drawing in Glaze Varnish on a White Ground, Vol. 1. no. 16a, p. 272, New York: The Macmillan Co.

Stupperich, Reinhard. 1977. "Staatsbegräbnis und Privatgrabmal im klassischen Athen. Ph.D. Diss." Ph.D. Diss. pp. 115-6 n. 1. Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität zu Münster.

Schmaltz, Bernhard. 1978. "Zu einer attischen Grabmalbasis des 4. Jhs. v. Chr." Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archaeologischen Instituts, Athenische Abteilung, 93: p. 95 n. 35.

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