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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to a painter of Group R
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 420–400 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; white-ground
Dimensions:
H. 20 13/16 in. (52.8 cm); diameter 5 13/16 in. (14.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Combat

A horseman is fighting a foot soldier in front of the kind of whispy reeds that give this group of painters its name. The subject may indicate that this lekythos stood on the tomb of a man who died in battle. The iconography may, however, also be a reflection of the conflicts of the Peloponnesian War, which were taking place concurrently. Characteristic of the Reed Group's style is polychromy applied in translucent washes.
Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1384, no. 2; Add. 2, 372, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kurtz, Donna C. 1975. Athenian White Lekythoi: Patterns and Painters. pl. 28, 2, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Miller, Margaret C. 1997. Athens and Persia in the Fifth Century B.C.: A Study in Cultural Receptivity. p. 179 n. 181, Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Oakley, John H. 2004. Picturing Death in Classical Athens: The Evidence of the White Lekythoi. p. 182, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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