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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Period:
Late Archaic
Date:
1st quarter of 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; white-ground
Dimensions:
H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Harry G. Friedman, 1953
Accession Number:
53.149
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Trainer

The young man is characterized as a trainer by the himation (overgarment) draped over his body and the staff on which he leans. The strigil (scraper) suspended before him and the column behind him indicate a setting for the training of athletes. The painter's artistic ambitions appear in the representation of the figure from the back.
Oakley, John H. 2004. Picturing Death in Classical Athens: The Evidence of the White Lekythoi. p. 29, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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