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Terracotta lekythos (oil jar)

Attributed to the Oionokles Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 470 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 14 in. (35.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1928
Accession Number:
28.57.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Goddess with a phiale (libation bowl) and scepter

While the Greeks made offerings to their gods, during the Classical period, the gods are often shown performing libations or holding ritual objects, most often a phiale. The question is whether the deities are performing a ritual or are being shown as the recipients.
Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 649, no. 40, 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.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1984. "A Greek and Roman Treasury." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 42(1): p. 8.

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. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Hera, no. 143, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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