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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Athena Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
1st quarter of 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure, white-ground
Dimensions:
H. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.286.68
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154
Gigantomachy (battle of the gods and giants), with Hermes and Athena

In Athens, vases of this type were closely connected with funerary rites because of the importance of oil in preparing the body for burial and as an offering at the grave. This battle scene between the Olympian gods and the earth-born giants is painted in a modification of the black-figure style that uses a thin coat of white clay as background.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 75, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. p. 522, no. 30, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 260, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Gigantes, no. 202, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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