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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Period:
Late Archaic
Date:
1st quarter of 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm); diameter 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.227
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The application of glaze to an Attic shape effectively articulates the various parts and gives it a formal, finished appearance. Attic black-figured and black-glazed lekythoi persisted well after the introduction of the red-figure technique about 530 B.C.
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