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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Bosanquet Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 440–430 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; white-ground
Dimensions:
H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.160.38
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Youth and woman at tomb

The depiction of a stele (grave monument) shows how funerary vases like this one were used. On the stepped plinth there are five standard lekythoi—two of which have toppled over—and one squat lekythos. In addition, there is a kylix (drinking cup) as well as two wreaths and a fillet (band). The mourners carry an aryballos and an alabastron, vases that probably contained perfumed oil.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Recent Classical Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(2): pp. 48-9, fig. 1.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1227, no. 5, 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. 466, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Wehgartner, Irma. 1983. Attisch Weissgrundige Keramik: Maltechniken, Werkstätten, Formen, Verwendung. pp. 102, 189, n. 3, 207, n.10, 216, n. 4, 222, n. 5, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Mertens, Joan R. 2010. How to Read Greek Vases. p. 140, fig. 48, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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