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Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)

Attributed to the Athena Painter

Period:
Archaic
Date:
1st quarter of 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure, white-ground
Dimensions:
H. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.286.68
  • Description

    Gigantomachy (battle of the gods and giants), with Hermes and Athena

    In Athens, vases of this type were closely connected with funerary rites because of the importance of oil in preparing the body for burial and as an offering at the grave. This battle scene between the Olympian gods and the earth-born giants is painted in a modification of the black-figure style that uses a thin coat of white clay as background.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, p. 75.

    Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. New York: Hacker Art Books, p. 522, no. 30.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, 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, Anneleise, 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. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Gigantes, no. 202.

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