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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Pharos Painter

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 550 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel G. Ward, 1875
Accession Number:
75.2.10
  • Description

    Two women wrapped in one cloak

    Lekythoi were traditionally placed as offerings in tombs or on grave monuments. The elongated shape of this example is typical of the earliest form. The subject of two women wrapped in one mantle was favored by the Pharos Painter (pharos is a word for "cloak"). There are also contemporary representations of two males with one cloak. The meaning may be sexual.

  • Provenance

    Said to have been found in 1872 in Athens

    March 1872, said to have been excavated in Athens (in the Kerameikos?); briefly, with Professor Athanasios Sergiou Rhousopoulos, Athens; by 1874, purchased by Samuel G. Ward from Prof. A.S. Rhousopoulos, Athens; acquired 1875, gift of Samuel G. Ward.

  • References

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 70.

    Richter, Gisela M. A., Marjorie J. Milne, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1922. Shapes of Greek Vases. New York.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. New York: Plantin Press, p. 15, fig. 92.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, p. 197, pl. 37g.

    Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. New York: Hacker Art Books, p. 698, Add. 1, pp. 456-57.

    Pinney, Gloria Ferrari and Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway. 1979. Aspects of Ancient Greece Allentown, Penn.: Allentown Art Museum, no. 13, pp. 32-33.

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