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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Achilles Painter
ca. 440 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; white-ground
H. 15 3/16 in. (38.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Dodge Fund, 1954
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Woman and servant

The setting here is the interior of a house, probably the women's quarters an indicated by the stool and the oinochoe (jug) on the wall. The lady hands a bundle of garments to her maid. The women's clothing was originally painted. The color is gone, however, and one now sees the contours that the artist sketched in for reference.
Said to be from Greece

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1962. "Painted Greek Vases." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 21(1): p. 7, frontispie.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1001, no. 204, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. "Greek Vase Painting: An Introduction." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 31(1): no. 25, pp. 58-59, 68.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. Greek Vase Painting: An Introduction. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Oakley, John H. 1997. The Achilles Painter. pl. 145a, Mainz: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Oakley, John H. 2004. Picturing Death in Classical Athens: The Evidence of the White Lekythoi. p. 39, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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