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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Brygos Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 11 3/16 in. (28.4 cm) Diameter 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
24.97.28
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Girl playing aulos (double flute)

Although this depiction may be considered an excerpt from a symposium scene (drinking party), it is perfectly satisfactory in itself—partly because it is so masterfully composed. Behind the musician hangs a flute case with the receptacle for the mouthpiece.
Said to be from Gela

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Athenian Red-Figured Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(5): p. 130.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 384, no. 216, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Panvini, Rosalba and Filippo Giudice. 2003. Ta Attika: Veder Greco a Gela Ceramiche Attiche Figurate dall' Antica Colonia no. G58, p. 316, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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