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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the manner of Douris
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480–470 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm); diameter 3 11/16 in (9.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.78.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
Nike

Nike, the personification of victory, lends herself particularly well to the tall, rather narrow shape of a lekythos. The subject was common during the first decades of the fifth century B.C., undoubtedly in response to the Greek victory over the Persians.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Athenian Red-Figured Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(5): p. 130.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 164, fig. 113, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 164, fig. 113, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 451, no. 35, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Nike, no. 94, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Panvini, Rosalba and Filippo Giudice. 2003. Ta Attika: Veder Greco a Gela Ceramiche Attiche Figurate dall' Antica Colonia no. G73, p. 321, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Mertens, Joan R., Dr. 2003. "Vases to and from Gela." Ta Attika: Veder Greco a Gela Ceramiche Attiche Figurate dall' Antica Colonia, Rosalba Panvini and Filippo Giudice, eds. pp. 196, 321, figs. 4, G 73, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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