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Terracotta lekythos (oil jar)

Attributed to the Painter of Palermo 4
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480–470 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 10 15/16 in. (27.8 cm) diameter 3 11/16 in. (9.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.88
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Nike with an oinochoe (jug) above an altar

The point of reference for a vase such as this one is difficult to identify. The image probably represents a libation offered for a victory. It is unclear whether the lekythos was purely funerary in function. If so, the vase may have served for the burial of an athlete.
Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 310, no. 2 bottom, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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