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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Tithonos Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm); diameter 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.122.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
Athena holding spear and helmet

Athena, the warlike protector of Athens, appears alert but serene on this vase. Dressed in a full, richly decorated peplos with a diadem in her hair, she holds her helmet in one hand and her spear, pointed downward, in the other. Her aegis, the protective goatskin ringed with snakes' heads, acts as armor.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1928. "Recent Accessions of Athenian Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 23(4): pp. 107, 109, fig. 5.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1946. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey. p. 74, fig. 55, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 74, 216, pl. 56b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1958[1946]. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey, Revised Edition, 2nd edn. p. 74, fig. 55, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 310, no. 15, 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. 1984. Aphrodisias-Athena, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 2. Athena, no. 195, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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