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Terracotta squat lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Achilles Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 440 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm) diameter 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.230.13
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Warrior departing

The squat lekythos became a significant shape favored by the best Attic painters of the second half of the fifth century B.C., as the pieces in this gallery attest. The shape seems to have been used for red-figure decoration as the standard lekythos was increasingly decorated in the white-ground technique—a development in which the Achilles Painter played a major role. This example is larger than the usual squat lekythos. The potting and decoration are especially fine.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1920. "Recent Accessions of the Classical Department." Bullletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 15(5): pp. 108-9.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. p. iii, frontispiece, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. p. iii, frontispiece, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 99, 240, pl. 80b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 994, no. 105, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Wehgartner, Irma. 1983. Attisch Weissgrundige Keramik: Maltechniken, Werkstätten, Formen, Verwendung. p. 207, n.16, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Miller, Margaret C. 1997. Athens and Persia in the Fifth Century B.C.: A Study in Cultural Receptivity. p. 180 n. 182, Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

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