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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
mid-6th century B.C.
Culture:
Lydian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 8 9/16 in. (21.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of The American Society for the Excavation of Sardis, 1926
Accession Number:
26.164.25
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
Lydian potters often decorated their works with a wash of iron oxide painted over a cream-colored slip in a simple wavy pattern that resembles the veining in marble. Lekythoi of this type probably contained scented oils.
Excavated at Sardis

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 192, pl. 32a, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

de La Genière, Juliette. 1984. "'Parfumés comme Crésus': De l'origine du lécythe attique." Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, 108(1): pp. 93-4, fig. 4.

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