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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Period:
Late Archaic
Date:
early 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; Six's technique
Dimensions:
H. 3 11/16 in. (9.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.96
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Seated komast

The komast (reveller) holds up either a beaker-shaped cup or krotala (castanets). The figure was painted onto the surface of the vase in added white. The procedure is known as Six's technique, after the Dutch scholar who first studied it.
Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections. p. 106, Gallatin pl. 60.11, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Fehr, Burkhard. 1971. Orientalische und Griechische Gelage, : no. 229, p. 156.

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