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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Painter of Athens 1934
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 440–430 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; white-ground
Dimensions:
H. 11 15/16 in. (30.3 cm); diameter 3 11/16 in. (9.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.139.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Two women at a tomb

The woman at the left kneels and gesticulates in mourning. The economy and sureness of the drawing are as noteworthy as the fact that her sentiment is expressed by her pose, not by any facial expression. The figure on the right holds a basket with fillets.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1923. "Three Athenian White Lekythoi." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(8): p. 193, fig. 2.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1236, middle, bottom, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Oakley, John H. 2004. Picturing Death in Classical Athens: The Evidence of the White Lekythoi. p. 156, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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