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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Brygos Painter
Period:
Late Archaic
Date:
ca. 490–480 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 15 7/8 in. (40.3 cm); diameter 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1928
Accession Number:
28.57.12
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Goddess, probably Hera

The figure is identifiable as a goddess by the scepter in her left hand. Traces of an A from an inscription suggest that she is Hera. She holds a phiale, which indicates a context involving a libation. The goddess is richly dressed in a combination of garments that ripple over her body in heavier and finer folds. The floral ornament on the shoulder is disposed so as to complement the treatment of the figure.
Inscription: Inscribed: "[HEP]A"
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1946. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey. p. 63, fig. 24c, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 73, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1958[1946]. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey, Revised Edition, 2nd edn. p. 63, fig. 24c, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 384, no. 205, 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. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Hera, no. 137, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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