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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Providence Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 6 5/16 in. (16 cm); diameter 5 9/16 in. (14.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.18
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
On the body, Artemis. On the shoulder, Nike

The Providence Painter, one of the most gifted followers of the Berlin Painter, specialized in small shapes, notably Nolan amphorae (jars) and lekythoi. On this work he depicts Artemis, the sister of Apollo and goddess of the hunt. Drawing an arrow from her quiver, she hastens forward, about to shoot. The fawn running beside her is present not only as an attribute but also as an indication of the goddess's swiftness. On the shoulder of the vase, Nike—a personification of victory—is shown in flight, adding further to this display of the human form and female dress in motion.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1942. "The Gallatin Collection of Greek Vases." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 37(3): pp. 54, 56, fig. 4.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1946. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey. p. 74, fig. 54, New Haven: Yale University Press.

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

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1958[1946]. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey, Revised Edition, 2nd edn. p. 74, fig. 54, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 640, no. 77, 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. Artemis, no. 171, 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. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Nike, no. 98, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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