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Terracotta squat lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Painter of Oxford 1920
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 470–460 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1129
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Woman seated with lyre

The presence of a bird, evidently listening raptly, and the emphatically large chair as well as the frontal face suggest that the subject here is more than an Athenian lady making music. It is difficult to tell whether she should be thought of as an inspired mortal, a poetess, or a muse.
Richter, Gisela M. A., Marjorie J. Milne, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1922. Shapes of Greek Vases. New York.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. p. 15, fig. 99, New York: Plantin Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 777, middle, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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