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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Affecter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 550 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 6 7/16 in. (16.3 cm) diameter of body 3 9/16 in. (9.1 cm) diameter of mouth 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, Schimmel Foundation Inc. Gift and Rogers Fund, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.11.17
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Winged man between onlookers

Winged male figures that are distinct from Hermes appear quite frequently in Attic art of the mid-sixth century B.C. Without inscriptions they are difficult to identify. In all of Greek art, the distinction between the human and the divine, the tangible and intangible, is elusive. Although we do not know his name, this figure surely moves between various orders of reality.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1980. Notable Acquisitions 1979-1980. pp. 13-4, New York.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1980. "One Hundred Tenth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1979 through June 30, 1980." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, No. 110: p. 37.

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