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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to Hermonax
ca. 460 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 13 3/8 in. (34 cm); diameter 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
Not on view
Maenad; on shoulder, satyr eating grapes

Hermonax was a follower of the Berlin Painter. His vitality is abundantly evident on this vase—not only in the drawing but also in the interpretation of the figures. The maenad purposefully brandishes her thyrsos (fennel stalk) and snake. At the same time, she is serene and beautifully dressed in a pleated chiton and a nebris (fawn's skin). Crouching unconcerned between two palmettes, a satyr enjoys grapes in their unfermented state.
Said to be from Sicily

Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections. p. 11, Gallatin pls. 16.2, 17, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1928. "Recent Accessions of Athenian Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 23(4):

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1942. "The Gallatin Collection of Greek Vases." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 37(3): pp. 54, 57, fig. 5.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1946. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey. p. 108, fig. 77, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 87, 225, pl. 65e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1958[1946]. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey, Revised Edition, 2nd edn. p. 108, fig. 77, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 490, no. 115, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Padgett, J. Michael. 2017. The Berlin Painter and His World : Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C. no. 59, pp. 319–20, New Haven: Yale University Press.

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