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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
ca. 400–375 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 14 7/16 in. (36.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.88.65
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Head of a woman

In the absence of plentiful sculptural-quality stone, artists of Southern Italy used clay to great artistic effect. The head is impressive for its size, the sensitive rendering of the face, the texture of the hair, and the careful articulation of the earrings.
Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 193, pp. 166, 440, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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