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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Nikon Painter
ca. 460–450 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Pomerance, 1953
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
Obverse, Apollo with kithara (lyre) and palm tree

Leto was said to have given birth to Apollo beneath a date palm on the Cycladic island of Delos, the site of one of his most important sanctuaries.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1962. "Painted Greek Vases." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 21(1): pp. 6, 8, fig. 8.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 651, no. 26, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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. 1984. Aphrodisias-Athena, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 2. Apollon, no. 83, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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