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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Sappho Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure, white-ground
Dimensions:
H. 7 1/16 in. (18 cm); diameter 2 15/16 in. (7.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.30
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154
Zeus, seated on his throne, with his cupbearer, Ganymede, and Ares, the god of war, standing behind him; Athena approaching to introduce Herakles to Mount Olympos; winged Iris, a messenger of the gods, following.

Herakles, the greatest Greek hero, was the only mortal admitted to live among the gods after his death.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1942. "The Gallatin Collection of Greek Vases." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 37(3): pp. 56, 59, fig. 8.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 74, 217, pl. 57d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. pp. 507, 702, no. 10, Add. 1, p. 507, New York: Hacker Art Books.

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. Ganymedes, no. 59; Herakles, no. 2858, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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