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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Painter of New York 23.160.41
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 420 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; white-ground
Dimensions:
H. 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.160.41
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Woman and youth at a tomb

One of the objects carried by the woman is a plemochoe, a container for perfumed oil. Ceramic examples of the shape are most common in Athens during the late sixth and early fifth centuries B.C. Very fine examples also would have been made of marble.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Recent Classical Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(2): p. 49.

Bandinelli, Ranuccio Bianchi. 1958. Enciclopedia dell'Arte Antica, Classica e Orientale, Vol. 5. pp. 446-47, fig. 579, Rome: Instituto della Enciclopedia Italiana.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1240, no. 2 bottom, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Miller, Margaret C. 1997. Athens and Persia in the Fifth Century B.C.: A Study in Cultural Receptivity. p. 179 n. 181, Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

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