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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the manner of the Sappho Painter
Period:
Late Archaic
Date:
ca. 500–490 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 7 1/16 in. (18 cm); diameter of body 2 15/16 in. (7.5 cm); diameter of mouth 1 9/16 in. (3.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1966
Accession Number:
66.11.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Herakles and Apollo contesting the Delphic tripod, with Artemis and Athena

A favored subject during the third quarter of the sixth century B.C. was the struggle between Herakles and Apollo for the Delphic tripod. The most significant depiction in the Museum's collection appears on a very early red-figure amphora of about 530 B.C. signed by the potter Andokides; it is exhibited in the Greek galleries on the main floor. The lekythos shows a simpler variant of the same subject, complete with the inclusion of white slip, here limited to the shoulder.
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. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Herakles, no. 3016, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Coulié, Anne. 2000. "Les vases à reliefs thasiens de l'époque archaïque." Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, 124(1): p. 146 n. 107.

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