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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) with centaur battling a warrior

Attributed to Painter of London B 31
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 575–550 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 10 5/8 in. (27 cm.) diameter of foot 3 11/16 in. (9.4 cm.) diameter of mouth 2 5/16 in. (5.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
39.11.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The rare shape of this vase, the so-called Deianeira type, is characterized by its short concave mouth, ovoid body, and echinus foot. It is one of the earliest types of Attic lekythoi.
Said to be from Gela, Sicily

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. "Newly Acquired Athenian Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 35(2): pp. 36-7, fig. 1.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 57 n. 23, 197, pl. 37h, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Schiffler, Birgitt. 1976. Die Typologie des Kentauren in der antiken Kunst : vom 10. bis zum Ende d. 4. Jhs. v. Chr., Archäologische Studien zum christlichen Altertum und Mittelalter, 4. cat. no. A47, p. 247, Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. p. 452, Painter of London B 31, no. 5, New York: Hacker Art Books.

Panvini, Rosalba and Filippo Giudice. 2003. Ta Attika: Veder Greco a Gela Ceramiche Attiche Figurate dall' Antica Colonia no. C18, p. 253, 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. 194, fig. 2, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Oakley, John H. 2004. Picturing Death in Classical Athens: The Evidence of the White Lekythoi. p. 5, fig. 1a, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

de Menil Gallery. 2009. Uncovering Ancient Greece: Fifty Years of Archaeological Discoveries of Hugh Sackett. p. 42, Groton: The de Menil Gallery, Groton School.

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