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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Workshop of the Bowdoin Painter
ca. 480 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure, white-ground
9 5/16 x 3 1/4 in. (23.7 x 8.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Dionysos (god of wine) with a satyr and goat

The decoration on the body is executed in a combination of black silhouette and outline drawing on a white ground. Such works, known as semioutline lekythoi, are associated with the workshops of two closely related artists, the Bowdoin Painter and the Athena Painter. The technique represents a modification of black-figure at a time when red-figure was gaining popularity.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1909. "The Department of Classical Art: The Accessions of 1908--IV. Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 4(6): pp. 101-2, fig. 3.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 75, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 690, no. 7 top, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Wehgartner, Irma. 1983. Attisch Weissgrundige Keramik: Maltechniken, Werkstätten, Formen, Verwendung. pp. 13, n. 33,181, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

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. Silenoi, no. 1, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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