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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Achilles Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 450 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; white-ground
Dimensions:
H.: 12 13/16 in., 3.2 cm (32.5 x 3.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1171
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Woman and servant

The sakkos (snood) hanging on the wall suggests that the scene takes place indoors. The woman at the left holds a large basket called a kanoun that was used for offerings; three fillets (bands) hang over the side. The other figure holds a plemochoe, a container for perfumed oil. The women are probably bringing their gifts to a tomb. The colors that were used to render the garments have disappeared.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 99, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 999, no. 179, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Oakley, John H. 1997. The Achilles Painter. pls. 128 c-d, Mainz: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Tzaxou-Alexandre, O. 1998. Leukes Lekuthoi. pp. 66-7 n. 275, 68, 160.

Oakley, John H. 2004. Picturing Death in Classical Athens: The Evidence of the White Lekythoi. p. 38, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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